Putin's Bridge Linking Russia To (Annexed) Crimea Opens

Putin's Bridge Linking Russia To (Annexed) Crimea Opens

Putin's Bridge Linking Russia To (Annexed) Crimea Opens

"Today Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially dedicated the first section of the Crimean Bridge".

Kyiv says the bridge is causing environmental damage and blocking passage for larger ships to ports on the Azov Sea, AFP reports.

Found a spelling error? "Russia's construction of the bridge serves as a reminder of Russia's ongoing willingness to flout worldwide law", Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert said at a briefing in Washington, D.C., on May 15.

The Russia embassy in the United States said Wednesday that Moscow has the right to build the Crimean Bridge, after Washington condemned its construction and opening over the Kerch Strait.

Geographically, the new bridge is the single land connection between the bulk of Russian Federation and the peninsula in the Black Sea. In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred control of Crimea from Russian Federation to Ukraine, and regaining the region has been a nationalist rallying cry for decades.

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"Russia's construction of the bridge serves as a reminder of Russia's ongoing willingness to flout global law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. In the statement of the official representative of the European Union foreign policy service, Maja Kocijančič, said that the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait by Russian Federation without Kyiv's consent is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. Throughput of the transition - 40 thousand cars and 47 pairs of trains per day, 14 million passengers and 13 million tons of cargo per year. The construction of the bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland kicked off in February 2016.

One year later, the advancing Red Army used materials left behind by their foes to erect a 4.5-kilometer (2.8 miles) bridge to help them chase the enemy Krauts.

Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season.

A railway bridge is not yet finished and has a deadline of the end of 2019.

The project cost 228 billion rubles ($3.69 billion, €3.1 billion) and is the longest bridge in Europe, taking over the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal.

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