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Russia-Crimea underwater telecom cable ready, as Ukraine crisis intensifies

Published time: April 14, 2014 15:28
RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

The underwater telecommunication cables between the Crimean peninsula and Russia bypassing Ukraine are almost ready for use. The multi-million dollar project will provide for safer communication as tension between Russia and Ukraine intensifies.

State-owned Rostelecom South has nearly completed the 40 kilometers of fiber-optic cable from the Krasnadar region and the 6 kilometers through the Kerch Straight, Kommersant reports citing a source close to the company.

The underwater section that runs along the muddy seabed of the Kerch Straight is expected to cost between $11-25 million.

“Now that tensions between Russia and Ukraine are high, the connection to Crimea via the straight isn’t without risk: it could always be cut off,” Evgeny Yurchenko, Rostelecom’s former director and minority shareholder said, as quoted by Kommersant.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Rostelecom operations in Crimea should be sped up when he visited Simferopol, the administrative capital, on March 24. That was shortly after the region voted to join the Russian Federation in a referendum vote.

Medvedev said it was unacceptable for Crimea’s information and documents to be operated by two separate states, and that foreign operators shouldn’t be trusted to handle “confidential” exchanges.

The communications project is part of the $6.8 billion Russia plans to invest in Crimea in 2014.

A road and rail bridge have been given the green light by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bridge will cost an estimated $78 million, according to Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov. A tunnel is also an option. The first 4.5 kilometer Kerch Straight Bridge was built in the summer of 1944 after the liberation of Crimea by the Red Army, but collapsed 6 months later.

A new gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from Russia to Crimea could cost between $200 million and $1 billion, depending on the complexity of and route of the pipeline.

Comments (8)


Hooda Thawtit 29.04.2014 22:50

yestechnician 15.04.2014 14:11

Now thaqt Victoria is in hiding , can I set up a pie factory in Crimea instead?


We must introduce the Crimean (and Ukrainian) people to the Northern pleasure of Pie and Peas and World Peace will be ensured.


Mark 15.04.2014 01:38

TO:Joe Bentley
last time the Cossaks were in Berlin they taught the German historical lesson
Apparentl y Merkel et al do not remembers not mess with Cossaks!
Cossaks are the greatest things that ever happened to Russia and to the Crimea- a Cossak never dies!


Joe Bentley 15.04.2014 00:14

Crimea has sold its self down the river.
Look at Germanys Gdp why it works.
"mer kel works".

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