In the edition of socio-economic atlas of the world in 2016 of French publishing house Larousse the Crimea was depicted as a part of Russian Federation, Ukrinform reports.
Embassy of Ukraine in the French Republic requires the French publishing house Larousse to correct the "shameful mistake”. With a formal letter to the publishing house addressed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France Oleh Shamshur.
"I was deeply shocked to know that recently Larousse [publishing house – ed.] whom I trusted and often used in my work, on page number 105 of its edition of socio-economic atlas in 2016 depicted the basic map of Crimea as part of Russia's territory", Shamshur said.
Despite the presence of an asterisk (*) under the picture of Crimean peninsula and an explanation that Crimea was attached (and not “annexed”) by Russia, Larousse atlas contradicts the official position of France and contributes to violations of international law by Russia, the Ambassador claimed.
However, the French authorities among the first came down on the side of protection of territorial integrity of Ukraine and strongly condemned the illegal annexation of the Crimea after referendum that was conducted contrary to Ukrainian legislation and international law, Shamshur said.
He noted that such kind of misinformation favors Russian propaganda and “bleaches” the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
"I am convinced that Larousse, valuing its honor and reputation of publisher, will correct this shameful mistake,” the diplomat said.
As it was reported before, foreign delegations need special consent from Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter Crimea. Nevertheless, on July 23-24, a delegation of French MPs headed by Thierry Mariani visited Crimea and met with the head of the republic. The chairman of the Russian Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky claimed that visit of French parliamentarians to Crimea marked a crucial turnpoint between Russia and Europe in the framework of Crimean issue.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was illegally annexed by the Russian Federation in March 2014.