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EU on opening of bridge to Crimean Peninsula: “This constitutes another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia”

May 16, 2018

On 15 May, the EU issued a statement following the partial opening of the Kerch Bridge to the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.

“The Russian Federation has constructed the Kerch Bridge to the Crimean Peninsula without Ukraine's consent,” the EU said in a statement. “This constitutes another violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia.”

The EU believes that the construction of the bridge is aimed at the “further forced integration of the illegally-annexed peninsula with Russia and its isolation from Ukraine of which it remains a part”. “The bridge limits the passage of vessels via the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea,” the EU added.

“The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and will not recognise this violation of international law,” the statement concluded.

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