He inaugurated the bridge, 12 miles of concrete and steel over the Black Sea's Kerch Strait, by leading the first-ever convoy from Russian Federation into Crimea - an industrial and cultural show of force.
On 15 may, Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the solemn opening of the motorway bridge across the Kerch Strait to Crimea.
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 USA dollars).
Earlier this year, the Ukrainian state television network the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine said that they would not be broadcasting matches in Russian Federation. While protesters in Kievousted a Ukrainian government that had U-turned on a lucrative trade deal because of pressure from Moscow, Russian forces took Crimea under their own jurisdiction.
The Kerch Strait Bridge will open to cars and public transport on Wednesday, May 16. The head of state also spoke briefly with the builders of the bridge, thanked them and congratulated them on completing the project ahead of schedule.
The vehicle traffic has also started from the Taman peninsula in southern Russian Federation in Europe.
Vladimir Putin opened the bridge from Russia to Crimea. wikimedia commons
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.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the illegal construction of the Kerch Bridge another indication of the neglect of global law by the Kremlin.
"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. And its opening, in Russia's official narrative, marks the physical "reunification" of Crimea with the Russian mainland.
"This is an extremely important day from this point of view and in a practical sense and in symbolic terms".
A railway bridge is not yet finished and has a deadline of the end of 2019.
Dutch prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into seven Dutch companies that allegedly supplied machines and other services for the bridge construction in violation of European Union sanctions on Russia, The Moscow Times reported 4 May.More news: OnePlus Bullet Wireless earphones recharge really fast
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