Poroshenko: Russians will need bridge over Kerch Strait when they abandon Crimea

Poroshenko: Russians will need bridge over Kerch Strait when they abandon Crimea

Poroshenko: Russians will need bridge over Kerch Strait when they abandon Crimea

As UNIAN reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the need to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait immediately after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

"France condemns the construction by Russian Federation of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognized territorial waters", a French foreign ministry spokesperson said.

The 19-km bridge is the largest in Russian Federation built so far.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West.

He stressed that despite the futile attempts of Moscow to legitimize temporary occupation of Crimea, a coherent solution to a number of global jurisdictions confirm - "the burden of the flawless worldwide crime for Russian Federation will only grow".


Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles ($3.60 billion), the bridge is set to be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe.

European Union and United States sanctions have targeted those involved in building the bridge, principally Putin's close ally, businessman Arkady Rotenberg, whose company Stroygazmontazh won the construction contract.

The spokesperson of the European External Action Service said in a statement on Tuesday the bridge was "another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity". "Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony. Construction of the bridge, which can carry up to 40,000 cars a day, started in 2016.

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

The construction is one of Putin's legacy projects, after the massive renovation of the Black Sea city of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2012 opening of the world's longest cable-stayed bridge in the far eastern city of Vladivostok. The railway section of the bridge is scheduled to open in late 2019.

Related news



[an error occurred while processing the directive]