After months of pressure in Moscow, Apple recently updated its map and weather app to show the Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory, according tomedia reports, a move that drew swift condemnation from Ukrainian politicians. The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, confirmed the change in a statement on Wednesday, BBC News reported.
“Crimea and Sevastopol now appear on Apple devices as Russian territory,” the statement read.
For months, Moscow has been urging Apple and other technology companies to recognize Crimea as Russian territory, saying that failure to do so violates Russian law. Vasily Piskaryov, chairman of the State Duma’s Security and Anti-Corruption Commission, said it was the controversy that ultimately influenced Apple’s thinking on the issue.
The State Duma said on Wednesday that Daria Ermolina, Apple’s representative in Russia, had confirmed after a meeting with Russian lawmakers that the company’s “inaccuracies” had been corrected.
At the same time, however, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko expressed his displeasure with Apple’s decision on Twitter. “The iPhone is a great product. But seriously, @Apple, please, please, focus on high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong suit. “