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17 May 2018, 12:47 | Marta Robbins
Putin opens bridge to Crimea, Russia's first road link with annexed peninsula
Vladimir Putin has opened a bridge between southern Russian Federation and Crimea, tightening Russia's hold over the contested peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The bridge that spans the Kerch Strait creates Russia's first land connection with Crimea and, which also ensures a physical affirmation of the region's incorporation into Russia's arms.
Putin, dressed in blue jeans, drove an orange heavy KAMAZ truck on the auto section of the road-and-rail bridge as part of the ceremony.
The project cost approximately $3.7 billion and will become the longest bridge in Europe, taking over the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal.
"The UK also remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Crimea, where we have seen the systematic persecution of minority groups and of those who voice their opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the territory", he said. Users of social networks, in particular, laugh at the idea of Putin and they have begun to publish photoshopped pics with the Russian President. Travel for cars and buses is opened simultaneously with the two banks of the Strait of Kerch - two lanes in each direction.
US Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that the construction allegedly impedes navigation and "limits the ability to bring in goods via ship". The United States promised that these and other introduced in connection with the Crimean events, the sanctions will remain in force until until Russian Federation will not return control of the Peninsula to Ukraine. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.
In Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: "The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for global law". The bridge will open to truck traffic in the fall, and a railroad component is scheduled to open late next year.
But the festive atmosphere belied the fact that the project has been mired in controversy due to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
This was the response to the U.S., which condemned the opening of the Kerch Strait bridge between Russian Federation and Crimea.
Putin thanked the organizers of the project, who put the interests of the state over those of particular groups, the sappers, ecologists, scientists and other sectors involved. "This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and symbolic terms". A parallel railway bridge will be ready late next year. In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had transferred control of Crimea from Russian Federation to Ukraine.
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