31 Jul 2018 14:05

EU's sanctions won't hinder completion of Crimean Bridge project - info center

SIMFEROPOL. July 31 (Interfax) - The European Union's sanctions on Russian companies involved in building the Crimean Bridge will not hinder the completion of the project, the Crimean Bridge information center said in a statement on Tuesday.

"[The EU's sanctions] will have no effect on the fulfillment of this project," the information center said in response to press inquiries.

Earlier on Tuesday, the EU announced sanctions on companies that took part in the construction of the Crimean Bridge. The decision was made on July 30 and published by the Official Journal of the European Union.

The 19-kilometer Crimean Bridge is the longest bridge ever built in Russia. It connects the Crimean Peninsula to Russia's mainland. The bridge opened for cars and buses on May 16, and truck traffic will begin in October. There are plans to commission the bridge's rail line in December 2019. According to the Russian Transport Ministry, the rail line is ready more than 80% complete.

The cost of the project, whose general contractor is Arkady Rotenberg's Stroygazmontazh, is more than 227 billion rubles.