Vladimir Putin threatens to ‘hang’ someone if historic $3 BILLION bridge between Crimea and Russia is not completed during visit to the illegally annexed region
Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to ‘hang’ an official in Crimea if a bridge between the illegally annexed region and Russia is not completed.
The former KGB officer was visiting the region on the second anniversary of the occupation of the peninsula which is also claimed by Ukraine.
The international community condemned the Russian invasion of Crimea and has subjected Moscow to a range of economic sanctions.
Putin visited construction workers on the Kerch Bridge project which is being built by a company owned by his judo partner Arkady Rotenberg.
The Russian president told reporters at the construction site about the ‘historic mission’ of the planned 12-mile long bridge.
However, Bloomberg reported that Putin told reporters ‘there should be a specific person who can be hanged if it’s not done’.
According to the Tass news agency, Putin claimed the first plans to build a bridge between the Taman and Crimean peninsulas attempted under Tsar Nicholas II in 1910, but the First World War stopped the construction.
Soviet engineers attempted another bridge which was abandoned at the outbreak of the Second World War.
Putin claimed: ‘Nazi invaders tried to build a bridge here. Their intention was to build a bridge that would last for decades and the Russian command took a decision not to bomb this section to spare what had been done.’
However, this bridge was destroyed by ice…..
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