The U.S. government has condemned the construction and opening of the Kerch Strait bridge, which connects Russia and the occupied Crimea, which was conducted without Ukraine's consent. This is stated in the message by Heather Nauert, the U.S. Department of the State's spokeswoman.
The Department of the State claims that Crimea is a part of Ukraine. 'The bridge represents not only an attempt by Russia to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea, but also impedes navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit the Kerch Strait, the only path to reach Ukraine’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov. We call on Russia not to impede this shipping. The United States has sanctioned numerous individuals and entities involved in this project. These and our other Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine,' says the statement.
The bridge over Kerch Strait was opened on May 15.
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