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Apple gives in to Moscow's demand, shows annexed Crimea as Russia on apps

Russia and Apple had been in talks over the last few months, with the US giant initially trying to show Crimea as undefined territory and removing any mention of Ukraine

AFP | PTI  |  Moscow 


US tech giant has complied with Moscow's demands to show Crimea, annexed from in 2014, as Russian territory on its apps, lawmakers said Wednesday.

The Black Sea peninsula and its largest cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol are now displayed as Russian territory on Apple's maps and weather apps when used in

does not appear to be part of any country when these apps are used in France.

"and Sevastopol now appear on devices as Russian territory," parliament's lower house, the State Duma, said in a statement. treats the naval port city of Savastopol as a separate region.

and had been in talks over the last few months, with the US giant initially trying to show as undefined territory and removing any mention of

The State Duma released a statement following a meeting between Vasily Piskaryov, chairman of State Duma security and anti-corruption committee, and Apple's Russia representative, Darya Yermolina.

In the statement, Piskaryov praised the US company, saying it had complied with the Russian Constitution.

He said Russia was open for "dialogue and constructive cooperation with foreign companies," stressing however that Russian authorities would remain vigilant.

Russian lawmakers will monitor "issues concerning the protection of the Russian constitution and our country's sovereignty from outside interference," Piskaryov added.

Apple did not immediately release a comment on Wednesday. Another global tech giant, Google, does not identify Crimea as belonging to either Russia or on its maps.

It however uses the Russian, rather than Ukrainian, spelling of Crimean place names on its maps in Russia, as well as drawing a line to show the de facto border dividing Crimea from the rest of Ukraine.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move condemned by most of the global community. The seizure of the peninsula helped spark a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine that has claimed more than 13,000 lives so far.

First Published: Wed, November 27 2019. 20:00 IST