The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr) thinks that the decision of the U.S. Council of Geographic Names Authorities about change of spelling from Kiev to Kyiv is not obligatory as RBK.ru reported.
“The U.S. Council of Geographic Names Authorities spreads it activity exclusively on the territory of the U.S.,” the Rosreestr stated.
The service emphasized that the U.S. decision on the spelling of the capital of Ukraine is not obligatory or recommendatory for the cartography services of other countries, including Russia.
It is noted that in Russia the name of Kyiv is used in accordance with the Russian legislation, particularly, in accordance with the order of the Russian president dated 1995 “On the spelling of the names of the states, former republics of the USSR and their capitals”. The department added that the Ukrainian cartography service does not participate in the work of the Rosreestr on the holding of the catalog of the geography names of the CIS states since 2016.
As we reported, the U.S. Council of Geographic Names Authorities made a decision to replace the spelling of the Ukrainian capital from “Kiev” to “Kyiv” in the international base.
In October 2018, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine launched the online campaign dubbed #CorrectUA, which urges the foreign media and airports to change the spelling of the capital of Ukraine from Kiev to Kyiv (#KyivNotKiev).
The list of international airports that changed the spelling includes Budapest, Tallinn, London, Gdansk, Batumi, Tbilisi, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Warsaw.
The Ukrainian authorities also suggest that international media use purely Ukrainian spelling for such cities as Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, and others, as well as "Ukraine instead of the widespread mistake, "the Ukraine."