The criminal “administration” stated that the project of construction of desalination plants and water extraction under the Sea of Azov became “irrelevant”.
Specialists of “Rosgeologiya” have studied the issue of illegal water supply to the peninsula more than once, but as the criminal Sergei Aksyonov put it, “…to return to the issue of organizing water pumping from the North Crimean Canal. It is easier to organize the system of pumping from the canal – to put the volume of water in the outlet or pipe, than to drill, distribute”.
After the criminal operation “Crimean spring” (occupation of Crimea), the issue of water supply in Crimea became particularly acute, and the “temporary options” of the occupation “administration” were untenable. In 2014, specialists from “Rosgeologiya”, led by Sergei Gorkov, were instructed to find a solution to the problem. The issue was supervised by “deputy prime minister” Marat Khusnullin, whom the aggressor appointed as the so-called “curator of Crimea”.
The invaders started “working out” an option to search for fresh water “under Azov”, as the Association’s experts have already mentioned. Specialists of “Rosgeologiya” claimed that “… wells are needed… the peninsula will not know any problems”. According to Sergei Gorky “water was found at depths of 420-480 meters”.
Statements have been “framed” by alleged “Crimean environmentalists”, and the criminal Sergei Aksyonov has even claimed that there should be enough electricity reserves to desalinate seawater.
At his press conferences in 2020, 2021 Putin assured Crimeans that funds for the project were” allocated” and it was supposedly “due” to be launched in 2022 despite sanctions.
In the summer of 2022, the occupants bravely announced that the wells were completed, but “Rosgeologiya” specialists saw no point in drilling, as the water had a mineralization of 10.4 ppm, which was 10 times higher than the norm. There was a question of desalination, as the water was suitable for drinking after a “certain treatment”, but this was the second stage, for various reasons the occupants turned out not to be ready for it.
The main reason is that the main part of today’s funding goes to ensure the “federal budget” for the regime’s military ambitions, and the invaders clearly have no time for Crimeans. The desalination idea was “curtailed”; “Rosgeologiya” was forced to admit the need not only to search for water on the Russian “mainland” as well as abroad, but also to officially declare that today “the Russian geological exploration industry” is facing serious challenges under global sanctions on equipment and technology.
Moreover, “Rosgeologiya” officially confirmed that in order to “overcome” the effective sanctions regime, accelerated “import substitution” is needed. The agency of the aggressor makes the main “bet” on it, because it will allegedly allow to “successfully” solve domestic problems and “compete” on foreign markets open for the country, obviously referring to the markets of Asia and Africa. To cover up the “fiasco” with the project and the misuse of funds, which probably took place, “Rosgeologiya” announced an open scientific and technical council on “Imor substitution in geological exploration”. The discussion was attended by criminal representatives of the “Ministry of Industry and Trade”, “Ministry of Natural Resources”, “Rosnedra”, “Gazprom”, “Kalashnikov”, “Kirov factory” and a number of other companies and state structures of the aggressor.
The main question posed by the aggressor is to find possible solutions for equipment manufacturers and exploration companies. Also, the occupiers are looking for ways to reduce “import dependence” in exploration and opportunities for cooperation of producers and consumers of exploration equipment, especially in terms of its development and implementation.
But here, too, there is a “mismatch” that the aggressor is bound to encounter. The aggressor is not able to fully implement “import substitution”; Sergey Ivanov, so-called “special envoy of the president-aggressor on environmental, ecological and transport issues” has already announced about it. The Colonel-General, a former Soviet and Russian intelligence agent, was in charge of analysis, forecasting and strategic planning. Therefore, we would not doubt views of this “figure”.
According to Ivanov’s version, Russia is doomed to buy foreign analogues of spare parts and to find ways to buy them. At that, “emphasis” allegedly will be placed on “friendly” for the aggressor satellite countries that do not have political and sanctioning pressure. We should not be surprised that under such realities, the “Crimean desalination project”, at least before the de-occupation of Crimea, will meet the fate of “eco-technoparks” for recycling and disposal of rubbish in Belogorsk and Saki districts. These problems cannot be solved by the aggressor for quite a long time, as well as the question of desalination stations.