Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov says it is impossible to supply water to Crimea while the peninsula is occupied by the Russian Federation.
"My personal opinion: We can't supply water to occupied Crimea. Moreover, I think, this is impossible politically. If the Russian Federation returns Crimea, the water will be supplied immediately. This is a difficult problem. And it is impossible to think there is a simple solution. It's unlikely that [MP David] Arakhamia had in mind what he said," Danilov said in an interview for the media outlet Liga.net, commenting on Chairman of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction David Arakhamia's statement.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Arakhamia said he would personally agree if water were supplied from mainland Ukraine to Russia-occupied Crimea in exchange for full control of the Ukrainian border in Donbas.
Yet, Arakhamia said, it was his personal opinion rather than the position as the parliamentary faction's head.
Later, he apologized to Ukrainians for his words, saying they were "taken out of context."