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Kremlin: All legal aspects taken into account in construction of bridge to Crimea

Crimean official Sergey Aksyonov earlier said it would be better to build an underground tunnel instead of a bridge across the Kerch Strait "from the legal viewpoint"

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. Russia's authorities took into consideration all the legal aspects when they made a decision to build a bridge to Crimea across the Kerch Strait, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"All aspects from the viewpoint of the international law had been taken into consideration and taken into account when the decision was made," Peskov said. "We can definitely say that any discussions ended a long time ago and the construction of the bridge is underway," he added.

Peskov commented on the statement of Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov that the bridge’s construction needs to be agreed with Ukraine under the international law. From the legal viewpoint it would be better to build an underground tunnel instead of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, Aksyonov said.

The Kremlin spokesman reminded that last week Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Tuzla Island in the middle of the Kerch Strait. All journalists who accompanied the president could see that the construction of the bridge had started.

Peskov also said he was not sure that the statement circulated by mass media was made on Thursday, adding that the Crimean leader made proposals regarding the construction back in December 2015 and expressed similar doubts.