What is more important drinking water or a full wallet of the elite? Kazakhstan solves the problem

Kazakhstan is threatened shortage of drinking water. Russia could solve this problem, but the position of the leadership of Kazakhstan prevents this.

Entire regions of Kazakhstan are “drying up”

As writes In Kazakhstan, there is a critical situation with drinking water. In the future, the deficit will only increase. According to ecologists, water shortage is exacerbated by intense pollution of rivers.

Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Serikkali Brekeshev stated that by 2030, the shortage of water resources could amount to 23.2 cubic kilometers, which is comparable to the total annual water intake by the population and sectors of the economy.

The problem exists in all regions of the country, including in megacities, and is exacerbated by drought and disputes between the countries of the region on the distribution of the flow of transboundary rivers, especially in the Syrdarya river basin.

The question is who to save first, a Kazakh newspaper writes.

There are rescue projects, but we need to negotiate with Russia

Meanwhile, the Irtysh-Karaganda canal operates in Kazakhstan, which was built in 1968 as part of a Soviet project called “On the prospects for the development of land reclamation, regulation and redistribution of river flow in 1971-1985.” and which provides drinking water not only to the capital.

This is part of an ambitious project transfer of Siberian waters to Central Asia, which was never implemented. In 2020, the government of Kazakhstan planned to transfer water from the canal (read, Irtysh) to the bed of the Yesil River to supply the capital. The idea was voiced Askar Maminthen prime minister.

It was supposed to delay the drains and prevent them from entering Russia. For the same purpose, it was planned to delay the flow of the Tobol River. However, both rivers are cross-border with Russia, so we need to negotiate.

Hydrology experts interviewed by Pravda.Ru said that there are no such negotiations.

“Everything hung on the question of who will invest in construction. Central Asia needs it, but Russia doesn’t seem to need it very much. Although it would not hurt to irrigate their own lands. to us the transfer project and what will come of it. But, unfortunately, after a while, this whole discussion fades. Since it is clear that the project is expensive, the environmental consequences are not yet very clear. The economic feasibility is also not completely clear,” said Pravda.Ru Leading Director of the Surface Water Modeling Laboratory of the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Technical Sciences Mikhail Bolgov.

Kazakhstan must make a geopolitical choice

The possibility of realizing such a project is sharply rejected Director General of the EAEU Institute Vladimir Lepekhin. He believes that first Kazakhstan must make a geopolitical choice, and then “Russia will think.”

“The problem of water shortage in Kazakhstan is a problem of Kazakhstan. Especially if Kazakhstan begins to focus on Turkey, and relations with Russia are cold, again at the initiative of Kazakhstan,” the expert noted for Pravda.Ru.

“If they (in Kazakhstan) want to solve this problem, let them change their foreign policy towards the Russian Federation and come up with proposals that are of interest to the Russian Federation,” the expert added.

We need to help Tokayev make a choice

Recent Presidential Declarations Kasym-Jomart Tokayev they say that Kazakhstan is satisfied with the status quo, which is called multi-vector.

The role of the Russian Federation in suppressing the coup attempt downplayedAmerican sanctions are declared certain to be implemented, DPR and LPR designated as quasi-states. And relations with the United States are viewed as strategic, and the president speaks of them as “friendly and predictable.”

Considering that Western sanctions against the Russian Federation are forever, following in the wake of American policy does not imply a multi-vector approach among Russia’s allies in the near future.

Russia with such a position of Tokayev will eventually receive a second Ukraine in Kazakhstan.

Therefore, it is necessary to help him make a choice, given that fresh water is the most important factor in the development of the economy. Although there are desalination technologies, the quantity of water and its quality will limit the economy. There is another way out – American investments in the oil and gas industry and money in the wallet. You have to decide which is more important. At the same time, it should be taken into account that the lack of drinking water is a strong protest factor in far from calm Kazakhstan.

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