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EU comments on partial opening of Kerch bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea

11:15, Wednesday, 16 May, 2018
EU comments on partial opening of Kerch bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea

The European Union has commented on the partial opening of the Kerch bridge in Russian-occupied Crimea, saying this constitutes another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty. "The Russian Federation has constructed the Kerch Bridge to the Crimean Peninsula without Ukraine's consent. This constitutes another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia," the spokesperson for the EU said in a statement on May 15. "The construction of the bridge aims at the further forced integration of the illegally-annexed peninsula with Russia and its isolation from Ukraine of which it remains a part," it said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is condemning Russia's construction and partial opening of a new bridge that connects mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea.

"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," Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.

"We call on Russia not to impede this shipping," he added.

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