Authorities in the Russian-annexed Crimea are set to ask Moscow to initiate a negotiation process with the Ukrainian government on the resumption of water supplies from the Dnipro River to the occupied peninsula.
The initiative was announced by the so-called "deputy prime minister" of Crimea Georgy Muradov at a meeting of the council on improving the investment climate on August 12, Russian news agency TASS wrote.
In particular, he said that the Crimean authorities want the Ukrainian side allow water of the Dnipro River to get to the annexed peninsula. It is noted that the Dnipro River originates from Russia and flows through Ukraine.
According to Muradov, the move is required to solve the environmental issues of the peninsula's northern part.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine cut water supplies to the Crimean peninsula along with the start of the Russian occupation back in 2014.
Earlier this month, Team Zelensky voiced their "unequivocal" position on water supplies to the occupied Crimea. The position on ceased water supplies via the North-Crimean Canal to the occupied Crimea is right and correct, said the Ukrainian president's permanent envoy to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Korinevych.
"It seems to me that this would be inappropriate," the official told the Segodnya newspaper after being asked whether the resumption of water supplies to Russia-occupied Crimea was on the table.