“We endeavor to objectively display disputed territories and for the local versions of Google Maps, like in Russia, we follow local laws when displaying names and borders,” the message reads.
Earlier, Google Maps was showing Crimea both as a part of Russia and Ukraine. The affiliation of the peninsula depended on the version of the website – either it was Russian or Ukrainian. This territory is depicted as a disputed one abroad.
Russia wants to adopt a law which provides fines for depicting Russia without annexed Crimea on maps.
As we reported, The New York Times newspaper published a map that depicts Crimea as disputed territory. It was published in the article that ‘Putin’s bridge to Crimea may carry more symbolism then traffic.’ The New York Times also cited Ekaterina Shulman, political expert of the Academy of the Russian president, who claims that constructing a bridge that unites Russian and the annexed peninsula is symbolical.
Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine has banned the entry to its territory for the male citizens of Russia in the age from 16 up to 60. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proposed to tighten the rules of the registration in Ukraine for the Russians.