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The Soviet Union said it will go ahead with a major project to divert water south from Siberia’s north-flowing rivers to irrigate arid land in Central Asia. Nikolai F. Vasilyev, minister of land reclamation and water resources, told a news conference in Moscow that this is the “only way” for the Soviets to end chronic food shortages. He estimated the cost of the project at more than $12 billion and denied that there would be any ecological impact on the arctic because of a reduction in river flow northward.


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