Dnipro water supplies to Crimea via the North Crimean canal have been cut down almost by two-thirds at the behest of Kyiv, Crimean first vice premier Rustam Temirgaliev announced.

"The authority which regulates receipt of Dnipro water in the North Crimean canal has cut the supplies at the demand of the deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriy Senchenko"- he said.

"While the norm is approximately 50 cubic meters per second, the current flow is about 16 cubic meters per second. They cut the supplies practically three times,"- Temirgaliev told reporters in Simferopol.

Almost 80% of Crimean water is supplied mainly through the North Crimean Canal which crosses both Ukraine and Crimea, Russian Minister of Natural Resources Sergey Donskoy said earlier, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The Russian Natural Resources Ministry will have until the end of 2014 to develop a program for an alternative water supply to Crimea, which may include the possibility of building a pipeline from Russia's Kuban region, Donskoy told reporters during his visit to the Simferopol water storage facility on March 31.