Moscow Responds to Washington's Remarks on Crimean Bridge Opening

Moscow Responds to Washington's Remarks on Crimean Bridge Opening

The 19-km bridge is the largest in Russian Federation built so far and the cost of the project is estimated at around 228 billion rubles (about 3.6 billion US dollars).

He stressed that despite the futile attempts of Moscow to legitimize temporary occupation of Crimea, a coherent solution to a number of global jurisdictions confirm - "the burden of the ideal worldwide crime for Russian Federation will only grow".

It also underscored the Putin-centric system of political and economic patronage in Russian Federation.

The Russian state media touted the bridge as the "construction of the century". It has been eagerly anticipated by Crimeans as an economic lifeline to their now-isolated and sanctions-hit territory.

Those sanctions remain in place, and have expanded in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. "He has designed other bridges and says this one could be vulnerable to earthquakes and mud volcanoes on the sea floor".

Construction of the bridge has been carried out since February 2016 and will be opened for cars on May 16 more than half a year ahead of schedule.

State-owned Sputnik News described Mostik as an honorary foreman adopted as a stray in 2015 and said he has since become friendly with some of the thousands of construction workers there.

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U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the bridge was the manifestation of Russia's "unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea" and will adversely affect commerce.

Arkady Rotenberg, a Russian business mogul and Putin's former judo partner, led the project.

The focus on Putin's role, however, also hinted at a less flattering reality: the untold number of poor roads, railroads and bridges across the country that don't benefit from the president's personal patronage. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had earlier told journalists that Putin's bridge project shows that "even the most ambitious plans can be realized when they are implemented by him". The new bridge will allow people to travel to it in any weather.

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

When they were still friends, back in 1994, Russian Federation and Ukraine tried to work together on a bridge project, but this idea failed too.

Muslim Ummah of Crimea, which also celebrates beginning of the holy month of Ramadan after sunset, considered opening of the Crimean bridge a symbolic and significant event. Until now, if Russians wanted to go in Crimea, they had to either take a boat or pass through Ukraine.

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