Under Russia, Crimea’s Future Grows Dimmer -- and Drier
Feb 24, 2020 | 09:00 GMT
- Crimea has suffered increasingly greater water scarcity since the Russian annexation led Ukraine to suspend access to the North Crimean Canal in 2014.
- With Ukraine unwilling to reopen crucial water flows, Russia’s only options to permanently fix Crimea's water shortages and sustain economic activity over the long term would require costly infrastructure projects.
- Even if Moscow foregoes a massive overhaul, it could still use Crimea use as a military bastion, though it would mean sacrificing the peninsula’s agricultural contribution to Russian exports.