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Moscow dismisses Baikal-China freshwater pipeline project as ‘fantasy’

March 21, 17:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The authorities in the Chinse city of Lanzhou have drawn up proposals to pump water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal

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MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. The projects of a pipeline to pump water from the world’s deepest freshwater body, Lake Baikal, to China look like ‘scientific fantasies’, Director of the Water Resources Department at the Natural Resources Ministry Dmitry Kirillov said on Tuesday.

As TASS reported earlier, citing The Guardian, the authorities in the Chinse city of Lanzhou have drawn up proposals to pump water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal. The project is expected to be proposed to the Russian side for discussion after its technical issues are resolved.

"Now all this looks like scientific fantasies from the viewpoint of the economy and ecology," Kirillov said.

"No such measures [in the schemes of using water resources] are planned and their implementation is not an issue of either today or tomorrow," he said.

No strategic documents in the sphere of water resources management and use envisage such projects and they are not either considered or being elaborated at the expert level at present, Kirillov said.

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