The Crimean Bridge is planned to be opened for trucks from October 1 of this year, head of the Russian road transport agency Rosavtodor Roman Starovoit told reporters on Tuesday.
President Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from the US, Europe and Ukraine on Tuesday after he opened a new bridge linking mainland Russian Federation and Moscow-annexed Crimea by driving a truck across it to the peninsula. The bridge limits the passage of vessels via the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports in the Azov Sea.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the elections in occupied Crimea is a gross violation of global law and called for increased sanctions pressure on the Kremlin.
"The Russian occupying powers, which have temporarily occupied Crimea, are continuing to act outside global law", Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told AFP in an interview.
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Many in Russia saw the bridge as a move toward restoring Moscow's rule over a historically Russian region.
Earlier media reported that one of the first who will pass through the Crimean bridge, will be the Night wolves bikers, close to the Kremlin.
European Union and U.S. sanctions have targeted those involved in the realization of the bridge, particularly businessman Arkady Rotenberg, a close ally of Putin whose company Stroygazmontazh won the construction contract. Some Russians are calling it "Putin's bridge", created to link Crimea into Russia's transport network. Construction of the bridge, which can carry up to 40,000 cars a day, started in 2016. The rail section is expected to be completed at the end of 2019.
Putin inspected the bridge in March ahead of the presidential election he won by a landslide, saying it was important to have the link to the Black Sea peninsula open for the summer tourist season. A connecting highway from Kerch to the regional capital of Simferopol is set for completion in 2020.