Lavrov and foreign Minister of Egypt discussed the situation with the Ethiopian dam
Foreign Minister Sameh shoukry in a telephone conversation with Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov expressed concern about the situation around the construction of Ethiopia's dam on the Blue Nile river, said the foreign Ministry.
A telephone conversation between the Ministers took place on Sunday at the initiative of the Egyptian party. Egypt on Saturday formally appealed to the UN security Council to intervene in the negotiation of construction on the Blue Nile Ethiopian dam "Rebirth" in order to avoid unilateral steps on the part of Addis Ababa.
"During the conversation held on the initiative of the Egyptian party, shoukry expressed concern about the situation in Egyptian-Ethiopian relations in connection with the construction of the Addis Ababa HPP "Revival" on the river Blue Nile, and reported on the circulation of Cairo to the UN Security Council with a request to consider the possibility of isolation", - stated in the message.
According to the Ministry, Lavrov reaffirmed Russia's position on the need to achieve a mutually acceptable compromise taking into account the interests of all stakeholders.
"This position Russia will take in the case of discussion of this issue in various multilateral formats, including UN," - said the Agency.
Ethiopia is implementing a large-scale project of the construction of the dam, "An-Nahda" ("Renaissance") on the Blue Nile in 2012. Its launch, according to experts, will inevitably lead to water shortages in the Sudan and Egypt, located downstream. During the time elapsed from the start of construction, the three countries have already held over a dozen meetings in order to resolve the water allocation issues and to start a new object, but differences remain.
According to local media, the construction of the dam, which is designed to become "the largest hydropower project in Africa", completed more than 71%. All the construction will be completed in 2023. In early March the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ethiopia to the Ged Andargachew stated that the filling of the dam will begin in July, and by the end of the month reservoir should contain 4.9 billion cubic meters of water, power generation will start in February-March 2021.
The key question of tripartite talks on the dam - this is the time frame in which to fill the reservoir of the dam. Egypt has offered to fill it up gradually over 10 years, given that object requires 74 billion cubic meters of water. Ethiopia is going to do it in just three years. In this case, Egypt and Sudan over a year will lose about 25 billion cubic meters of water that threatens the two countries by drought and crop damage.