A representative of The New York Times, Danielle Rhoades Ha said that the agency adheres to a "consistent policy" when displaying disputed territories on the map and designating Crimea as such does not mean accepting Russia's position on the status of the peninsula. This was reported by RIA News.
As it was reported earlier The New York Times newspaper published a map that depicts Crimea as disputed territory. It was published in the article ‘Putin’s bridge to Crimea may carry more symbolism then traffic’. The map where Russia and Crimea marked in one color and the status of the peninsula called ‘disputable’ was published in the article. The New York Times also cited Ekaterina Shulman, the political expert of the Academy of the Russian president who claims that the building of the bridge that unites Russian and the annexed peninsula is symbolical.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was held at the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier the Russian militaries that stayed there without any marking conquered all strategic military objects and building of the force and state bodies. The results of the referendum were not recognized by Ukraine and the world society. The number of the European and world countries, including Ukraine imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded from American newspaper to correct the status of the peninsula to ‘temporary occupied’.
‘Crimea is not the territory of dispute. It is the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. The occupant is well-known, it is Russia. We will appeal to The New York Times. The mistakes should be corrected’, Betsa claimed.
The author of the material about the Crimean bridge in The New York Times Ivan Nechepurenko said that he had nothing to do with the published map.
"We saw this map just like you," he said. The journalist specified that no one coordinated the publishing of the map with him.