The left pontoon will be installed under the two-vessel system consisting of the Giant-4 pontoon and the Kursk nuclear submarine, on Wednesday, Vladimir Navrotsky, the Chief of the Russian Northern Fleet press service, was quoted as saying. In his words, by now all technical works in the left pontoon have been completed and it is currently being gradually filled with water. Navrotsky reported that Mikhail Barskov, the Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy responsible for armaments, Anatoly Smolyakov, the Deputy Commander of the Northern Fleet responsible for armaments, and Vice-President of the Mammoet company van Seumeren were aboard the Giant-4. The Paltus floating crane of the Northern Fleet is currently located in the direct vicinity of the two-vessel system. According to Vladimir Navrotsky, both pontoons will be installed by the end of the week if there are no unforeseen situations.
The United States does not recognize the entry of Ukrainian territories into Russia. Such a development will seriously complicate prospects for a diplomatic settlement