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Kremlin blasts US paper’s ‘ugly journalism’ calling for blowing up Crimean Bridge

May 17, 13:35 UTC+3

The Kremlin says US law enforcement agencies should pay attention to the article in the Washington Examiner calling on Ukraine to blow up the newly-built Crimean Bridge

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SOCHI, May 17. /TASS/. US law enforcement agencies should pay attention to the article in the Washington Examiner calling on Ukraine to blow up the newly-built Kerch Strait Bridge linking Crimea with mainland Russia, Acting Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"This [article saying that the bridge should be blown up] may be viewed only as madness, probably, this is the ugly manifestation of low-quality journalism verging on the calls, to which law enforcement agencies, including in the United States, should pay attention," Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the opening ceremony of the Kerch Strait Bridge’s motorway section on May 15, driving the lead vehicle of the construction equipment convoy. The construction of the bridge linking the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia kicked off in February 2016. The construction of its railway section continues, its opening is scheduled for 2019. The bridge originates on the Taman Peninsula, runs through a five-kilometer dike area and the Island of Tuzla, then crosses the Kerch Strait and reaches the Crimean coast.

On May 15, the Washington Examiner published a provocative article by Tom Rogan, which calls for blowing up the Kerch Strait Bridge. Thus, Rogan wrote in particular that "Ukraine should now destroy elements of the bridge" and that it "has the means to launch air strikes against the bridge.".

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