News Trucker Putin opens Russian bridge to annexed Crimea

17:16  17 may  2018
17:16  17 may  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin closes the door of a Kamaz truck during a ceremony opening a bridge , which was constructed to connect the Russian mainland with the

© Alexander Nemenov, AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to take part in the opening ceremony of the Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday drove a truck across a new bridge linking mainland Russia to Moscow- annexed Crimea , triggering a fierce reaction from Kiev.

KERCH STRAIT, Crimea — Russian President Vladimir Putin is fond of activities that accentuate his manliness, like bare-chested horseback riding, not-bare-chested polar exploration, and promoting the Russian limousine and wicked-looking armored car industries. Now he has taken on the role of trucker to unveil a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Putin, at the wheel of an orange heavy KAMAZ dump truck drove 12 miles across the bridge from the Kerch Strait. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge," designed to link Crimea into Russia's transport network. Russia built the bridge in defiance of Ukraine, which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

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KERCH, Crimea (Reuters) - A crumbling nineteenth century fortress perched on the edge of a cape in Russian - annexed Crimea is drawing locals to gaze at what some are calling Putin ’s Bridge : a nascent super structure that will link the peninsula to Russia .

Russian President Vladimir Putin drives a construction truck across the new 12 mile road-and-rail Crimean Bridge over the Kerch Strait linking mainland Russia to Moscow- annexed Crimea during the opening ceremony, May 15, 2018.

At a ceremony broadcast live on state TV, Putin, dressed in blue jeans, was met by cheering workers on the Crimean side after driving the truck in a convoy of vehicles.

"At last, thanks to your talent, this project, this miracle, has happened," Putin told the workers.

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In Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: "The illegal construction of the Kerch bridge is the latest evidence of the Kremlin's disregard for international law.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a bridge that connects Crimea to Russia , saying, "A miracle has come true," on Tuesday. The 12-mile bridge embodies Putin 's achievement of "reunification," whereby Russia , flexing its military might, annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

"It is particularly cynical that its opening is happening on the eve of the latest anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean-Tatar people by the Stalin regime."

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a deterioration in ties with the West. Many in Russia saw the move as restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday is set to unveil a 19-kilometre-long bridge linking southern Russia to the Crimean peninsula annexed from Ukraine, a highly symbolic project he has personally championed.

Kremlin President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened a bridge connecting Russia with Crimea -- land that he annexed four years ago. The United States and most Western states have not recognized Crimea as Russian territory and have imposed sanctions over the move.

Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles ($3.6 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe. The Kremlin said it would be opened to cars on Wednesday, and the rail section was due to be completed at the end of 2019.

"Putin initiated this project himself. Many didn't believe these plans were possible," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.

"This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms."

The road stretch of the bridge was due to be completed by the end of 2018, but the opening was brought forward at Putin's request.

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.

The opening ceremony drew criticism from the West.

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President Putin ’s crossing of the £2.7 billion bridge at the wheel of a lorry was described by Russian state media as symbolising Crimea ’s “return home” President Putin hailed the fulfilment of a historic mission yesterday as he opened a £2.7 billion bridge from Russia to annexed Crimea by driving

While driving Putin asked if there were any point along the way where he should slow down. Not the whole bridge is open though. At the moment only cars will be allowed to drive from mainland Russian to Crimea , and vice versa.

"France condemns the construction by Russia of the Kerch Bridge, which deprives Ukraine of full access and the use of its internationally recognized territorial waters," a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in a statement on Tuesday said the "bridge serves as a reminder of Russia's ongoing willingness to flout international law" and said it was an attempt by Russia "to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea" and impede navigation of the Kerch Strait.

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."

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and will not recognize this violation of international law," the spokesperson said.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov


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