• Kiev protested Moscow because of restrictions on navigation in the Kerch Strait

  • The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine has sent Russia a note of protest in connection with limitation of navigation in the Kerch Strait. On Friday, August 11 reports the press service of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.

    "The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its protest in connection with introduction of the Russian Federation of the prohibition of navigation through the Kerch Strait during August and September, 2017 associated with the construction of the bridge, and once again stresses the wrongfulness of such actions", — reads the statement.

    In Kiev also expressed the opinion that "the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait is illegal under international law, because Ukraine, as a coastal state in relation to the Crimean Peninsula, were not given consent to such construction".

    The restriction of navigation through the Kerch Strait is due to the fact that for the second half of August and September planned to install arch spans, reports TASS.

    Two days earlier, Deputy Minister of Ukraine on Affairs of refugees, the George Tooke said, the construction of Crimean bridge destines Ukraine to marine insulation. On 2 August the Deputy Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Yuriy Lavrenyuk said that the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait leads to losses for the Ukrainian economy, in connection with which Kiev prepare a lawsuit in the international court.

    31 July Russian builders finished construction of the arch automotive arch Crimean bridge. At the end of June it was reported that work on the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait is made more than 50 percent. Earlier in the month was finished the Assembly of railway bridge span. In April the head of Ministry of transport of Russia Maxim Sokolov has informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that the construction is ahead of schedule.

    The bridge will connect the Crimean Peninsula and Krasnodar Krai. The total length of construction will be 19 kilometers, it will be the longest in Russia. Road traffic is scheduled to open in 2018, while the train is in 2019.


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