Restoration of water supply to Crimea would be possible only in the context of the occupied peninsula's de-occupation, says Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba.
That's according to the top diplomat's interview with UA: Ukrainian Radio.
"I'd like to emphasize very clearly that, according to international law, the occupying state bears full responsibility for the situation in the occupied territory. Period. And therefore, we are absolutely confident and calm about the fact that the restoration of water supply to Crimea is possible only in the context of the de-occupation of the peninsula," stressed Kuleba.
According to international law, the occupying state bears full responsibility for the situation in the occupied territory. Period.
At the same time, there is no humanitarian crisis with fresh water in the occupied Crimea whatsoever, chief of Ukraine's diplomacy emphasizes.
Read alsoCourts in occupied Crimea find nine local men guilty of draft evasion"The narrative about the 'humanitarian crisis' was invented by Russian propaganda in order to convince the world that water supplies to Crimea are necessary. There is crisis in water supply to military bases and for heavy industry located in Crimea. People who live in Crimea do have access to water. And therefore, repeating the narrative about the humanitarian crisis means precisely strengthening this Russian signal," Kuleba said.
There is crisis in water supply to military bases and for heavy industry located in Crimea
At the same time, the minister noted that if people actually get affected, ideas will be discussed of the ways to help them.
Why has the issue of water supplies to Crimea resurfaced
On August 7, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expressed the opinion that Ukraine could resume water supplies to the temporarily occupied Crimea for the needs of the population in the event of a humanitarian disaster.
At the same time, the head of government said that the supply of water for industrial purposes is off the table.