Russia: Zakharova jokes about Kerch Strait Bridge blocking US Fleet access to Belarus ‘coast’

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova joked about the newly-opened Kerch Strait Bridge blocking the US Sixth Fleet from reaching the non-existent Belarusian coast, during a statement in Kerch on Wednesday. “I understood what our colleagues in the State Department were saying. Of course, it gets in the way. This bridge can only stop the US Sixth Fleet, which is to be transferred... Еще, according to State Department’s announcement a couple of years ago, to Belorussian coasts,” she said, apparently addressing concerns raised by Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert on Tuesday that the bridge’s height would impede shipping. Commenting on the raid on the Kiev office of Russian news agency RIA Novosti by the Security Service of Ukraine, and the prior detention of Bureau Head Kirill Vyshynsky, Zakharova said “the local authorities continue to follow a course directed towards complete suppression of dissidence and restriction of freedom of expression which present an alternative to the official Ukrainian line.” Zahkarova also addressed the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “The Russian view about Jerusalem remains unchanged. The city should become the capital of two independent states — Palestine and Israel — and be open for followers of all three monotheistic religions. The specific conditions of the final status of Jerusalem should be decided through direct talks between Israel and Palestine” Zakharova said. The bridge was opened to the public on Wednesday at 0530 local time.

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