TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a contentious bridge linking Russia to the annexed region of Crimea.

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Putin traveled on an inaugural train journey across the 19-kilometer bridge, which now takes the title as the longest bridge in Europe.

He inaugurated the passenger service by personally taking a train across the road and rail bridge which Russian engineers built to link Crimea to southern Russia, Reuters reported.

Putin said the new rail route would carry around 14 million passengers and about 13 million tons of freight next year.