The opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea is another violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland on May 16.
“Canada condemns the construction and partial opening today of the Kerch Strait Bridge,” it was stated.
According to Freeland, it aims to harden Russia’s unlawful hold on the peninsula and to forcibly isolate it from the rest of Ukraine.
“Canada reiterates its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We call on the Russian Federation to cease its violations of this fundamental tenet of the rules-based international order,” the message said.
As it was reported earlier, President of Russia Vladimir Putin has opened a vehicle part of the bridge over the Kerch Strait that unites annexed Crimea and Krasnodar Krai. Putin at the wheel of Kamaz headed the convoy of the vehicles and cargo equipment that made the first trip over the bridge. The automobile traffic over the bridge was opened prematurely at 5:30 am, on May 16 (Moscow time).
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered to sue Russia for the ecological damage brought by the construction of the bridge over Kerch strait in occupied Crimea.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch expressed confidence that the ongoing construction of the bridge over Kerch Strait could vastly interfere with Ukraine’s transport connection with international markets.