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Russia's Embassy responds to U.S. State Department claim on Kerch Bridge in Crimea
09:08, 16 May 2018

Russia's Embassy responds to U.S. State Department claim on Kerch Bridge in Crimea

Heather Nauert has noted that the construction of the bridge affects the navigation

09:08, 16 May 2018

The Embassy of Russia to the US has claimed that Moscow does not intend to ask the permission for the construction of the transport infrastructure as RIA News reported.

'Washington is predictably dissatisfied. But Crimea is Russia. We will not ask anyone the permission for the construction of the transport infrastructure in the interests of the citizens of the Russian regions', the message said.

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

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

Spokeswoman of the State Department Heather Nauert has noted that the construction of the bridge affects the navigation.

Related: Ukraine to turn to BSEC if ecological disaster threat due to Kerch bridge is confirmed

She also claimed that the department followed closely the opening ceremony of the bridge and Russia's President Vladimir Putin who drove over it at the truck.

The bridge over Kerch Strait was opened on May 15. Putin at the wheel of Kamaz headed the convoy of the vehicles and cargo equipment that made the first trip over the bridge.

As we reported 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.

Related: International Arbitration to consider appeal of Ukraine against Russia on Kerch Bridge building

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.

The Ukrainian side has withdrawn from the treaty with Russia on the construction of the bridge in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea.

The works on the construction have begun in May 2015, regardless the withdrawal.

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