Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Putin has truck driver's license, his spokesman says

Putin has truck driver's license, his spokesman says

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from neighboring Ukraine in 2014, drawing sanctions and prompting a sharp deterioration in ties with the West.

"Such actions by Moscow fundamentally contradict the generally recognized norms and principles of worldwide law, grossly violate the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 and bilateral treaty obligations to Ukraine", the ministry said in a statement on May 15 when Russian Federation officially opened the bridge.

He got behind the wheel in the cabin of a Kamaz truck to lead a convoy of 35 vehicles (dump trucks, cranes, cement trucks, tanker trucks and other equipment) along the 19-kilometer bridge towards the Crimean seaside city of Kerch.

Five people involved in organising the March 18 Russian presidential elections in the occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea were put on the European Union's sanctions list on Monday.

Many in Russia saw the bridge as a move toward restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.

The project cost 228 billion rubles ($3.69 billion, €3.1 billion) and will become the longest bridge in Europe, taking over the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal. "Many didn't believe these plans were possible", Kremlin spokesman told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the ceremony.

Ukraine, which along with most of the global community has not recognised Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemned the project, which was personally championed by Putin.

The opening of the bridge comes a day before general traffic will be allowed. Auto traffic on the bridge will start on may 16 at 5.30 am. It was originally expected to open in December but was finished ahead of schedule.

In celebration, Russian authorities organized pop concerts at both ends of the bridge, events that recalled the massive pro-Kremlin celebrations held in Simferopol and Moscow in 2014 after the invasion and start of the Russian occupation of Crimea.

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