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USA Today publishes map of Ukraine without Crimea

February 11, 2015, 14:18 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
Foreign Policy magazine has remarked this runs counter to the official position of the United States, which does not recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia
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WASHINGTON, February 11. /TASS/. USA Today, a daily with one of the greatest circulations in the United States (more than 1.6 million copies a day), has published a front-page picture of the map of Ukraine without the Crimean Peninsula.

Foreign Policy magazine has remarked this runs counter to the official position of the United States, which does not recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

While the Western world refuses to recognize Crimea’s reunification with Russia, "one of its largest newspapers just did," Foreign Policy said.

A spokesperson for the newspaper giant did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it is unclear if the exclusion of Crimea is the result of a conscious editorial decision or a mistake, the story runs.

The United States’ National Geographic Society last March declared that it would show Crimea as part of Russia on its maps.

"We map de facto, in other words we map the world as it is, not as people would like it to be," Juan Jose Valdes, the National Geographic's geographer and director of editorial and research for National Geographic Maps told Bloomberg in an interview last March.

Crimea united with Russia after the March 16, 2014 referendum, in which 96.7% of those who cast their ballots supported the idea of reunification with Russia. On March 21 the Russian president signed into law a Russian parliament-approved constitutional act on Crimea’s admission to Russia and on the creation of two new territories — the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.

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