The ambassadors of the European Union agreed to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation for the construction of a bridge in the Kerch Strait, which connected the annexed Crimea with Russia’s mainland. Economic restrictions will be formalised this week. Riccardo Jozwiak, a Brussels-based correspondent for Radio Svoboda, announced this in his Twitter.

“EU ambassadors have approved the sanctions against two people and four companies responsible for the Kerch Bridge construction,” he wrote but did not point out whom the sanctions would be imposed on. Earlier, one reported that Cyprus had blocked the introduction of the economic restrictions by the EU for the Kerch Bridge construction.

To recap, Serhiy Kyslytsia, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the United Nations, has recently called for new economic restrictions against Russia for holding local “elections” in the occupied Crimea.

The Kerch Bridge connects mainland Russia with the annexed Crimea via the Tuzla island and the Tuzla Spit. The object, which spans 19 kilometres, consists of two parallel bridges – car road and railway. Road traffic was opened in 2018, and the railway in 2019-2020.

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