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Construction and introduction of the bridge across the Kerch Strait in the exploitation is an instrument of Russian pressure on Ukraine. On Wednesday, may 16, said the Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan, reports banned in Russia the portal “Censor.No.”
“In fact, these actions are aimed at blocking the Kerch Strait not only for Ukrainian ships under the Ukrainian flag, but for vessels of all countries in the world. We react to these things. The relevant documents had already been sent to international courts. Our businesses are also suffering losses and all these accounts will be put the Russian Federation”, — said Omeljan.
According to the Minister, the idea of the construction of the bridge belongs to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. “He wanted again, in the face of all international norms and bilateral agreements, to show that he was the decider of the Crimea. I am sure that he does not succeed and that this bridge will connect the Ukrainian Kuban ‘ Ukrainian Crimea. And Russia pays for the Ukrainian side suffered losses”, — quotes the portal Omelyana “Gordon”. The conditions under which Kiev will gain control over the Crimea and the Krasnodar region, he did not name.
On Wednesday, the Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine estimated the annual direct losses of Ukraine from the building of the Crimean bridge 500 million ($19 million). Indirect losses are estimated at billions of hryvnia, said Omeljan. According to him, Kiev is direct losses due to forced reduction of tonnage of ships that have to sail under the Crimean bridge to enter the Ukrainian ports Mariupol and Berdyansk. The Minister also admitted that the very existence of the bridge could lead to the closure of the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait.
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