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Putin Visits Kerch Bridge Construction Site


Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Kerch on September 15.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Kerch on September 15.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has inspected construction work on a bridge aimed at linking the annexed Crimean Peninsula to Russia.

Putin, who was in the Crimean city of Kerch on September 15, visited the construction site for the 19-kilometer bridge set to open in December 2018.

The president said the construction of the Kerch Bridge will ensure a full integration of Crimea into Russia's transport system and will create opportunities for economic growth.

The project includes construction of a two-lane railroad and a four-lane highway across the Kerch Strait.

"This year, we provided an additional 5 billion rubles [$77 million] for road construction in Crimea, a total of 18 billion rubles [$231 million] was provided for this year," Putin also said.

Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.

Based on reporting by AP, TASS, and Interfax
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