Russia-Crimea bridge completed

A car drives on the Kerch Strait Bridge over on Tuesday prior to its opening ceremony

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. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network.

The Russia embassy in the United States said Wednesday that Moscow has the right to build the Crimean Bridge, after Washington condemned its construction and opening over the Kerch Strait.

The US State Department accused Russian Federation of flouting worldwide law by building a bridge to "occupied" Crimea without the permission of the government of Ukraine.

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 global markets. "The invaders will need the bridge when they have to urgently leave our Crimea". Putin touted it as an historic achievement and a dream that eluded Russian czars and leaders throughout the 2oth century.

The vehicle traffic has also started from the Taman peninsula in southern Russian Federation in Europe.

It also demonstrated, his supporters say, Putin's uncompromising push to put Russian interests first and stand up to Western hegemony.

Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season.

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The inauguration of the bridge section took place with all the fanfare required by the occasion, especially because it was completed several months in advance, at the Kremlin's request. It has been eagerly anticipated by Crimeans as an economic lifeline to their now-isolated and sanctions-hit territory.

On March 18, President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty on Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation and the Federal Assembly (parliament) approved the document on March 21.

But it's also a symbol of Russia's worldwide isolation. They made us more attentive and thoughtful.

"Putin initiated this project himself". Similarly, the attendance of French officials at the inauguration ceremony is a personal initiative that we regret; it is contrary to worldwide law and the French authorities are not responsible for it. "We will make our peoples' lives better and more comfortable", Putin said.

In a symbolic gesture meant to wow the millions of his followers, the Russian president climbed aboard an orange Kamaz truck and, with other similar trucks of various colors trailing behind, started to roll down the brand new tarmac.

The World Bank ranks the quality of Russia's trade and transport infrastructure at 94th in the world, just behind Tunisia and ahead of Colombia. During World War II the occupying Nazis also began building a bridge but abandoned the project.

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