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    Russia Denies Negotiating Water Supply to Crimea With Ukraine

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    Russia's natural resources minister said that the Crimea water supply issue for 2015 was resolved without Ukraine's participation.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia has not held talks with Ukraine over resuming water supply to the North Crimean Canal, blocked by the Ukrainian authorities since April 2014, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said Wednesday.

    "As far as I know, we have not held such negotiations. Now, we are, together with Russia's Ministry of Construction, the Crimean Council of Ministers and Sevastopol’s government, implementing a plan to ensure the uninterrupted supply of household drinking water in Crimea," Donskoi told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    According to Donskoi, the water supply issue for the year of 2015 was resolved after units from the Russian Defense Ministry started to supply water to Crimea after laying some 25 miles of new pipelines that have been connected to the North Crimean Canal.

    Crimea previously depended on Ukraine for 85 percent of its freshwater needs, using water diverted from the Dnieper River via the North Crimean Canal.

    Ukraine cut off water supplies to Crimea following the February 2014 protests in the capital of Kiev and Crimea's subsequent reunification with Russia.

    The Crimean authorities have repeatedly asked Kiev to negotiate water supply contracts.

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    water supply, Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, Sergei Donskoi, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia
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