11 April 2014, 15:04

Google Maps marks Crimea as part of Russia

Google Maps marks Crimea as part of Russia

The Google search engine has recognized Crimea as part of Russia. A border between Ukraine and Crimea has appeared on Google Maps with the names of cities and towns in English and Russian, and not Ukrainian.

Svetlana Andurova, a spokesperson for Google's Russian office told reporters that the Google Maps team was doing everything possible to offer objective maps of disputed areas. In relevant cases, disputed borders have special markings, she said. "In countries where we have localized versions, we follow the local laws with respect to borders and geographic names," Anurova added.

A source close to the company has said that Crimea will be marked on Google maps as Russian territory for Russian users and as Ukrainian territory for Ukrainian users. For the rest, it will remain a disputed territory and its border will be marked with dotted lines, the Moscow-based Vedomosti newspaper reports, which posed a dire problem for map services.

Crimea became part of Russia in March, but the United States and the European Union have not recognized the Russian jurisdiction over the peninsula, leaving map services puzzled as to what they should do about Crimea.

Russia's Yandex search engine has found a Solomon solution. In late March, Yandex Maps announced that it would mark Crimea differently for Russian and Ukrainian users: the former will see it as a Russian territory, while for the latter it will still be marked as part of Ukraine.

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