Cartographers of National Geographic will include Crimea into Russian Federation
After ratification a signed agreement on Crimea’s joining the RF by the State Duma of Russia, American magazine National Geographic will mark the Peninsula on the world map as the Russian territory.
This decision was made according to the outcome of the meeting, in which editors, managers and cartographers of the magazine participated. This was announced on Wednesday by Bloomberg. The territory of the Crimean Peninsula temporarily will be hatched on maps to indicate its special status. After completion of all official procedures, Crimea, however, will be identified as a part of Russia.
According to the chief geographer of National Geographic Juan Jose Valdes, the Crimea on the maps should be represented within the RF. «We create the map de facto, in other words, we show the world such as it is, and not what people would like to see it», Valdes emphasized.
National Geographic is a popular science geographic magazine, the official publication of the National geographic society (USA).
Within the fact that the U.S. authorities did not admit occurrence of a Peninsula in Russia, other American cartographers will continue to mark Crimea as the Ukrainian territory.
Let's remind, Autonomous Republic of Crimea was ceded to the USSR on February 19, 1954, by the first Secretary CPSU Central Committee Nikita Khrushchev. The issue was resolved with violations of the law, behind the scenes. No one asked of Crimean people’s opinion. Peninsula’s transfer was timed to celebration of 300th anniversary of the Pereyaslav Rada. According to historical data, Ukraine joined the Russian Empire in the course of Pereyaslav Rada (January 8, 1654).
When on February 22, 2014 there was a coup in Ukraine, Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the new government. On March 11, 2014 the Declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was signed. On March 16, there was Crimean referendum. As a result, it became a part of Russia on the conditions of an independent sovereign Republic. The vote was attended by more than 82% of people, more than 96% of them voted for the reunification with Russia.
On March18 the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the State Council of the Parliament of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov, the Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and the mayor of Sevastopol Alexey Chaly signed an agreement on joining Crimea to Russia.