The head of the Kherson State Administration Andriy Putylov announced at the Kherson Defense Council meeting Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"Today, the Crimea has the status of the free economic zone. So, if Russia wants, if it needs water (in the Crimea - ed.), it may buy it from us. We will open the canal for the Crimea," Putylov said.
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According to him, the water for the Crimea will be sold at free market price, the minimum being 1 EUR per 1 cubic meter of water. Given that the Crimea used to consume about 1 billion cubic meters per year when it was supplied with Dnipro water through the North Crimean canal, this makes 1 billion EUR, the governor noted.
As known, the North Crimean Canal is Europe's largest waterwork. Its main purpose is to transport water for irrigation and water supply of the Kherson region and the Crimea. In particular, the water demand of the Crimea is covered from the North Crimean Canal by 85%. In 2014, the Dnipro water was never supplied to the peninsula. After the 'new authorities' came to power in the Crimea, unskilled local workers demolished buildings of the North Crimean Canal located on the peninsula. Besides, the Crimea has not paid for the water already supplied for its needs.