25/10/2014 13:28
RIA Novosti

Russia

Russia to Build Bridge to Crimea

Topic: Crimea’s Fate

View of the Kerch Strait
22:09 19/03/2014
Tags: Maxim Sokolov, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine, Krasnodar Territory, Russia, Crimea

NOVO-OGARYOVO, March 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russian government on Wednesday to start preparations for the construction of a bridge linking the southern Russian Krasnodar Territory directly with Crimea.

Crimea, previously an autonomous republic within Ukraine with a Russian ethnic majority, signed a reunification treaty with Moscow on Tuesday following a referendum Sunday in which some 96.7 percent of voters backed joining Russia after 60 years as part of Ukraine.

Putin said the bridge over the Kerch Strait, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, should be suitable for both road and rail traffic.

Transport minister Maxim Sokolov said several projects of the bridge to the Black Sea peninsula that would bypass mainland Ukraine will be ready by the end of this year.

The minister said that a possibility of laying a tunnel under the Kerch Strait is being considered as a possible option.

The idea to build a bridge that would span the 4.5-kilometer strait has been under discussion for a decade. Moscow and Kiev eventually came to an agreement last December.

 

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  • PR101Makes sense
    03:35, 20/03/2014
    but it will be costly, maybe $50 billion, along with the other costs Russia will have to assume, like water and power, etc.
    • cheruskCrimea is a jewel
      12:30, 20/03/2014
      Investiments are not costs.

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