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US condemns opening of bridge linking Crimea to Russia

AFP  |  Washington 

The today condemned the inauguration by of a bridge linking to mainland as an attempt to solidify Moscow's "unlawful seizure" of the Ukrainian territory.

"Russia's construction of the bridge serves as a reminder of Russia's ongoing willingness to flout international law," State Department said in a statement.

The US rebuke came after Russia's drove a truck across the bridge, which links the Taman peninsula in to the Crimean peninsula annexed by in 2014.

Reasserting that "is part of Ukraine," Nauert said "the condemns Russia's construction and partial opening" of the bridge, carried out "without the permission of the government of " "The bridge represents not only an attempt by to solidify its and its occupation of Crimea, but also impedes navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit the Kerch Strait," she said.

Nauert reaffirmed the US commitment to "Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," warning that all Crimea-related American sanctions "will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 03:30 IST