Putin Drives Truck to Open New Russia-Crimea Bridge

Putin Drives Truck to Open New Russia-Crimea Bridge

Putin Drives Truck to Open New Russia-Crimea Bridge

Putin drove the Russian-made KAMAZ dump truck in a convoy of vehicles across the 19-kilometre bridge over the Kerch Strait. He was hit with sanctions by the United States for his proximity to Putin and by the European Union for being among those accused of undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russian Federation and will not recognize this violation of global law", the European Union stressed.

The Russian leader, who was re-elected for a fourth Kremlin term in March extending his long rule, then pledged to build more of "such projects" across Russia.

Russian President, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for global law.

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

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Khursheed Shah said responsibility lied on all of them when it was a matter of national security. This is exactly what we are struggling for. "President (Vladimir) Putin has said it.

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.

"Putin once more demonstrated that when he carries them out, even the most ambitious plans can be achieved", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Tuesday.

The Kremlin said the bridge would be opened to cars on Wednesday.

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

"Today, both in a practical sense and from a symbolic point of view, is an extremely important day", he added. A connecting highway from Kerch to the regional capital of Simferopol is set for completion in 2020.

Putin is known to drive automobiles himself from time to time during working trips about the country.

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