SIMFEROPOL, March 12 – RIA Novosti. Natalia Poklonskaya, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma's international affairs committee, said that Ukraine violated the rights of Crimeans by cutting off water supplies through the North Crimean Canal, and called on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to assess this.
“There are people in Crimea who have rights, which are protected by the ECHR. Our rights have been violated, violated. I mean the right to the availability of fresh water. Not a single referendum or political choice should deprive a person of fundamental, basic rights. countries – participants and signatory of the Declaration on Human Rights, a flagrant violation of human rights for political reasons was committed, “Poklonskaya said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Poklonskaya stressed that she also addressed the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the topic of the water blockade, from where an answer came with the desire and need for their delegation to come to Crimea.
“I sent a response about the readiness of organizing their meeting and escorting in Crimea. But, unfortunately, there is no official answer yet, and there has been a public statement about our alleged refusal to admit such a delegation to Crimea. I know nothing about such a refusal, on the contrary, on my part, I expressed my readiness to meet and accompany them, “Poklonskaya said.
Ukraine previously provided up to 85% of Crimea's fresh water needs through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper. However, after the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the supply of water through the canal to the republic was completely cut off unilaterally. The issue of water supply was resolved through the extraction of water from underground sources and natural reservoirs, which over the past year have become significantly shallower due to the low amount of precipitation. Due to the shortage of water in a number of regions of Crimea, a regime water supply has been introduced into houses, including in Simferopol and Yalta.
The Russian government has prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure a reliable water supply to the peninsula. About 50 billion rubles were allocated for its implementation.