Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych has said water cannot be supplied to Crimea before its de-occupation, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“The position of both the President’s Representative and the Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is unambiguous and does not change, and will not change: water cannot be supplied to Crimea before the de-occupation of the Crimean Peninsula. This is a very significant lever of pressure and influence on the occupying state,” Korynevych stressed.
According to him, Ukraine should not solve the issue of water supply to Crimea for the occupying state:
“The issue of water supply is not the only issue that the occupying state cannot solve on its own. Ukraine should not solve these issues for the occupying state. Therefore, the position is unambiguous: no water in Crimea before the de-occupation of the peninsula.”
Mr. Korynevych clarified that “the humanitarian disaster on the peninsula has been going on for the seventh year, because the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea has been temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation for the seventh year.”
“Therefore, the position is next: when the occupying state leaves the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula, of course, all issues, including water supply, will be solved,” the official summed up.