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Crimean bridge has a significant negative impact on the Ukrainian economy, writes the Financial Times (FT). He significantly decreased the load of the Ukrainian ports in the sea of Azov.
According to the publication, which refers to data of the Ukrainian government and the Fund “Maidan foreign Affairs”, because of the introduction in may last year, the Crimean bridge suffer ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. The handling in them for the year fell at least twice (in Mariupol — 70 percent). The loss of the ports and the region in General, FT is estimated at $ 400 million.
This happens for two main reasons: because the particular construction of the bridge, under which there must be small vessels (up to 35 metres) and regular inspections by Russian military and coast guard.
For some time the waiting period for traveling to the Azov sea, the ships reached 120 hours. He subsequently declined to approximately 40 hours. The improvement, according to the newspaper sources, due to the fact that Ukraine at the end of 2018, placed in the area your battle fleet.
It was a reaction to what happened in November in the Kerch Strait incident: the three ships of naval forces of Ukraine entered the Russian territorial waters and were detained by border guards. Their crew is accused of violating the state border. Russia insists that Ukraine has not filed the necessary request in advance, though Kiev says the opposite.
Vehicular traffic on the Crimean bridge were opened on may 15 last year. First it passed the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The start-up of train movements expected by the end of 2019.
Video, photo All from Russia.