Skip to Content

Map from the American magazine 'Look' circa 1937

Russian embassy in US asks CIA to update its map to include Crimea

The Russian Embassy in the United States has requested that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) update its map of Russia that the agency had posted on Twitter to include Crimea.

Published: July 9, 2018, 11:26 am

    The US agency posted a map of Russia, with Crimea marked as part of Ukraine, even though the peninsula’s residents rejoined Russia in 2014 after a referendum. The Crimean peninsula is thus part of the Russian Federation, joined by the recent Kerch Strait bridge.

    The CIA had tweeted some facts about Russia and Croatia on Saturday, when the two countries were facing each other in the soccer quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup wto which Russia is host.

    “Congratulations accepted, @CIA. Please update your @Russia map and statistics: Population: 146,9 million (Jan 2018 est.), Area total: 17,125,191 sq km,” the embassy said, posting a map of Russia with Crimea included in Russian territory.

    Kiev and its allies have not accepted the results of the Crimean referendum, where over 90 percent backed reunification with Russia. Opponents still like to consider the peninsula as part of Ukraine.

    Russian officials have repeatedly stressed that the vote was carried out in accordance with international laws.

    On June 29, US President Donald Trump, answering the questions by journalists, said he was ready to reconsider the US position on the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, said: “We’re going to have to see.” This caused a wave of speculation in the media about whether Washington plans to recognise the peninsula as Russian territory. In addition, Trump said that he will discuss the conflict in Syria with Russian president Vladimir Putin at their upcoming meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker however said his country does not plan to recognise Crimea as part of Russia. He stated this in an interview with the German TV Channel OstWest.

    “I think that the American media hurried up with the story about the possibility of recognising the annexation of Crimea. The White House spoke out very clearly – Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs (NSA) John Bolton and White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified that the US did not plan to recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea. This is the American position,” Volker said.

    He added that the administration of the US president demonstrated a consistent approach in the matter of supporting the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine.

    Answering the question whether Ukraine risks losing support of the West, in particular, because of problems with corruption and Nazi movements, Volker responded:”Ukraine, as before, has significant problems with corruption, as well as a significant place for reforms that have not yet been carried out, but should be implemented.”

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Americas

    Covington: Innocent white teenagers framed by hostile media

    WashingtonAmerican mainstream media reported this week that a group of white school children harassed a group of Native American, black and minority adults when footage of the interaction shows that the exact opposite happened.

    Brazil withdraws from UN Migration Compact

    BrasiliaNew Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the withdrawal from the UN Global Compact on Migration as he had promised to do earlier.

    US government shutdown could be bad for Israel

    WashingtonThe US government shutdown has continued for 18 days. Now defense contractors and lobbyists are starting to worry that it could be bad for Israel.

    US national defence hierarchy now run by women

    WashingtonThe United States' national defense hierarchy is, for the first time in history, largely run by women. According to mainstream MSNBC, women have taken over the US military-industrial complex.

    Facebook bans conservatives but fails to stop child exploitation apps

    Facebook monitors billions of posts per day in over 100 languages. The company’s solution is a network of ideologically-minded workers that ban content with the help of PowerPoint slides. That sadly does not include child porn on third-party apps.

    Columbia student defends his remarks about ‘white achievements’

    New YorkColumbia University student Julian von Abele, whose comments on Twitter about white people went viral earlier this week, released a statement on Tuesday defending himself.

    Chile pulls out of Marrakesch

    SantiagoChile has joined the growing exodus from the United Nations Migration Compact. It has become the latest country to withdraw, President's Sebastian Pinera's administration announced.

    US Government loses landmark court case on vaccine safety

    WashingtonThe US federal government has been neglecting vaccine safety obligations for decades. Anti-vaccine activists have now won an important lawsuit against the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

    ISIS cyber attacks were falsely blamed on Russia

    An Islamic State-linked media outlet says a Canadian man - not Russia - was behind the terror group’s highest-profile cyber attacks, including the takeover of the Twitter account of the US military’s Central Command.

    Media reporting rigged against Republicans, Trump

    Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, the mainstream media were directing their campaign reporting against Republicans.

    Go to archive