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The Americans spoke about the opening of the Crimean bridge

17 May 2018

Kerch bridge will definitely need the invaders, when they to flee Crimea, says the Ukrainian President.

It also accused the bridge of impeding navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit the Kerch Strait; it called on Russian Federation not to hinder marine transportation.

"We call on Russian Federation not to impede this shipping", she said.

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

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Earlier the U.S. Department of State has expressed the concern due to the opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge.

The United States remarks about Russia's Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea are predictable and Moscow is not asking anyone's authorization for building infrastructure projects on its territory, the Russian Embassy said in a statement.

The peninsula has until now been hard to access from southern Russian Federation with long queues of vehicles often trying to board ferries, which are not always able to run during winter storms.

"The Crimea bridge is a link", said Andrey Merkulov, a resident from Sevastopol at the bridge on the Crimean side. Ukraine said the construction of the bridge showed "blatant disregard for worldwide law".

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.

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"This constitutes another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russian Federation", said a spokesman for the office of the EU's foreign policy service.

The bridge starts in the Taman Peninsula, passes over Tuzla Island, crosses the Kerch Strait and reaches the Crimean coast. Russian Federation expects it will carry millions of cars and rail travellers and millions of tonnes of cargo each year. "The bridge is one of the examples of the peaceful construction of Russia", Dzhabarov said.

The construction and installation of the bridge kicked off in February 2016.

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

The controversial bridge became Europe's longest bridge and provides direct access to Russia's mainland.

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The Americans spoke about the opening of the Crimean bridge