(QHA) -

Transportation of perishables and medicine to Crimea from mainland Russia via Kerch ferry crossing will be operated out of turn.

Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov announced this, according to the press service of Crimean government.

“Ministry of Transport of Crimea is ready to organize unhampered line at Kerch ferry crossing to deliver perishables and medicine to Crimea out of turn”- Aksyonov said.

A ferry is currently the only direct connection between Russia's mainland and Crimea besides airplanes, with all ground links going through Ukrainian territory.

Meanwhile, Moscow announced Stroigazmontazh (SGM) as the contractor to build the bridge across the Kerch Strait and said the project should be completed no later than December 2018.

SGM, owned by Putin's childhood judo partner Arkady Rotenberg, who was among the first Russian businessmen to be put under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis