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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Ukrainian idea is to separate the Crimea from the mainland called “sham”

On the website of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appeared the petition, which proposes to make the Peninsula an island of Crimea, the break channel. The petition says in part that “it is necessary to make all efforts to tighten the blockade — to isolate the Crimean Peninsula from the mainland by an artificial canal across the isthmus.” The Peninsula, therefore, will become an island”. The channel also subsequently proposed to be used for Maritime traffic between the Azov and the Black sea.

How will implement this project, we spoke with the Deputy Director of the Institute of geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Arkady TISHKOV.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

– Firstly, such a project could not be implemented without coordination with the countries, in which there is the area of economic interests. Secondly, such a project would not be welcomed by the international community, as it will disrupt the rather fragile ecosystems of the Black and Azov seas. These seas have different salinity regimes, different fauna. If the channel will occur the mutual penetration of organisms, many species of animals can die or disappear.

Thirdly, you will need to conduct a series of examinations, including — scientific and geopolitical. Since turning Crimea into an island, the country takes on certain obligations. I don’t think that Ukraine could implement this project unilaterally without violating the law of the sea neighboring countries, where there is a certain economic Maritime zone.

Finally, this idea is not feasible from an engineering and geological positions. Frankly, it is hard to imagine that such a channel could go ships. There are, of course, the example of the Panama canal, but its construction began in the third or fourth call. This project is quite complex and expensive.

– Where Ukraine, which is in a difficult economic situation, there will be money on it?

In this case, this project is a sham that gives the simulation of the political chatter. It’s time to get used to that for modern Ukraine geography is a geopolitical weapon, are they doing to her whatever I want. Take the last example of the “Eurovision” contest, where at the rehearsal, during the performance of Susana Jamaludinova, who performs under the pseudonym of Jamal, was shown a stylized map of Ukraine in national flag colors on which the boundaries of the state were included Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. Or I recently showed geographic maps 1930’s — 40’s, which was designated the mythical territory of Ukraine, from the Baltic to the Black sea. About all you can say? They can see only what you want.

-According to the author of the proposal, during the construction of the channel will have access to the world ocean vessels serving the port of Mariupol, in the bypass of the Strait of Kerch.

– No obstacles to the functioning of the port of Mariupol is now no. Please work. We Zhirinovsky also proposed to dam the Dnieper river at the entrance to Ukraine, not to give them water. They have their own policy that offer a similar projects. The absurdity of the plan on the construction of the channel to make the Crimean Peninsula – an island, is obvious.

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