The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said that Kiev will never deliver water to the territory of Crimea, despite the situation with air pollution in the north of the peninsula, UNIAN reports.
In his opinion Russia is trying in particular to use the situation with the release of harmful substances at the "Crimean Titan" plant to "promote" the problem of water supply in the region. "But not to distort this problem from the point of view of international law, but to wrap it in such a humanitarian package, and we have to avoid this," said the minister.
As noted by Klimkin, Ukraine intends to gather the necessary evidence and to accompany them to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where it intends to document Russia with the targeted emission of toxic substances into the atmosphere in the north of Crimea. "Now we have a preliminary contact, but we will not do anything that will give Russia this asset, to use this issue in the context of manipulating water," he added.
Also, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Kiev is aware of all "false plans" of Russia to regulate water supplies for Crimea. "We will never allow this: the water under the contract, where Crimea, Russia is written, will never be delivered to the occupied territory," he concluded.
The release of an unknown substance in the north of Crimea took place on the night of 24 August. Then, on the roofs of houses, metal objects and leaves of trees appeared in greasy slabs. The Crimean authorities said that the reason for the contamination was the evaporation of the acid storage at the "Crimean Titan" plant in Armyansk. On the fact of the incident, the Commission of Inquiry instituted criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Art. 247 of the Criminal Code of Russia (violation of the rules for the handling of environmentally hazardous substances and waste).
Later the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, warned of the possibility of a new chemical version in Armyansk. He explained that this could happen if the region experienced warm weather again.
In turn, Kiev accused Russia of deliberately expelling harmful substances, while the representative of the Ukrainian president in the Crimea, Boris Babin, said that Ukraine will not resume the water supply to the Crimean peninsula, because the population does not need it. "Today the Crimea needs Dnipro water, it is being held back by the economy, it has empty reservoirs, it does not pose a threat to the population, there is enough drinking water for the population, which causes problems for companies," he explained.