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The Eurasia Canal will threat RussiaТs national security

Statement by the YABLOKO party
December 3, 2010

Recently, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev announced that "technical and economic evaluation of the project envisaging construction of a new navigation canal between the Caspian Sea and the Azov and Black Sea basin" is under way.

The Kremlin has decided to reanimate the project of the Kuma-Manych waterway which was abolished in Stalin's time.

It is obvious that 450 - 600 billion rubles which will be allotted for construction of a Eurasia canal will lead to the following consequences:

- rich ecosystem of the Azov Sea, the Lower Don, the Kuban and the Kuma rivers will be ruined;

- salinisation and desertification, flooding and swamps formation of vast areas in Dagestan and Kalmykia, Stavropol and Rostov regions will take place;

the areas of nature reserves of international importance The Black Earth, Dagestan and Rostov will be affected.

"The Сreformers of natureТ do not take into account the fact that even the richest deposits of oil will be virtually exhausted and that the capacity of the Turkish straits of Bosporus and Dardanelles is limited and construction of a new canal from the Caspian to the Black Sea is unable to increase oil transportation.

The YABLOKO party believes that KazakhstanТs "threat" to transport oil from its Caspian fields bypassing Russia can not be compared with the threat of catastrophic ecological consequences for the south of Russia due to construction of the Eurasia canal.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chairman of the YABLOKO party


See also:

Environmental Protection






December 3, 2010