Despite turmoil, Russia launches Crimea bridge project
Published on Mar 3, 2014 8:51 PM
MOSCOW (AFP) - Moscow on Monday formally launched a project to build a bridge to Ukraine's Crimea, as armed men believed to be Russian took the Black Sea peninsula under almost complete control.
The decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev names Russia's state company Avtodor as the main contractor for the project and for engineering studies to be completed by November 2014.
"We are watching the way the situation develops, but there are decisions that have binding character," Mr Medvedev said of the bridge, which was agreed between Russia and the former Ukrainian government of now ousted president Viktor Yanukovych.
President Vladimir Putin at the weekend received a green light from parliament to use armed forces in Ukraine due to a "threat to the lives of Russian citizens" on its Crimean peninsula.
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