Russian Federation defends right to build Crimean Bridge

Vladimir Putin

Putin drove the Russian-made KAMAZ dump truck in a convoy of vehicles across the 19-kilometre bridge over the Kerch Strait. "And finally, thanks to your work and your talent, the miracle has happened".

"I congratulate you on this historic holiday", Putin told workers on live television after driving across the span.

The construction of the bridge started in 2015 following the incorporation of Crimea in 2014 and consequent deterioration of relations between Moscow and Kiev. "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.

"If we could reach an agreement with North Korea and the Republic of Korea to connect the Korean Railway and the Trans-Siberian Railway, and we are also considering a bridge between Sakhalin and Hokkaido, this would combine to produce a project on a planetary scale, which can lead to significant changes in infrastructure, power generation and the high-tech sphere", he said a year ago.

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The peninsula has been hard to reach from southern Russian Federation with long queues of vehicles often forming to board ferries, which can not always run in winter storms, so the easiest way across is to fly.

"As one could predict, Washington is not happy", the embassy wrote. Another cat is now apparently claiming to have crossed Russia's bridge to Crimea before Putin. "We will not ask anyone the permission for the construction of the transport infrastructure in the interests of the citizens of the Russian regions", the message said.

Muslim Ummah of Crimea, which also celebrates beginning of the holy month of Ramadan after sunset, considered opening of the Crimean bridge a symbolic and significant event.

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.

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The road bridge is opening ahead of schedule as it was due to be completed in December.

"Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "All is ready!", Mostik posted.

The bridge opening represents a milestone in Putin's efforts to show the world - and his people - that the annexation of Crimea was irreversible.

Putin ordered the bridge four years ago and construction began in February 2016.

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