On the cards Apple is now Sebastopol, or Russian, or even nobodyIn Ukraine is brewing another jingoistic scandal. American Corporation Apple on their gadgets start to mark Crimea as part of Russia.
This applies only to Russian users. The rest of the world, including our country, Apple has ceased to indicate the nationality of the Peninsula and its settlements.
That is not to mention that this is the territory of Ukraine in General.
The Ukrainian authorities are trying to rectify the situation by sending requests to Apple and the state Department. And social networks ex-Minister Pavlo Klimkin urged to declare the “IPhone” boycott.
The country understood how Apple recognized the Russian Crimea.
What happened at Apple
This week the Russian representative office of Apple has agreed to change the name of the Crimea and its settlements.
In the Maps and users on their electronic devices, you’ll find that Sevastopol and Simferopol – the part of Russia. The map of the entire Peninsula and its cities, the whole region is marked as Russian. In addition, all service program the Apple “are aligned with the requirements of Federal laws”, as stated by the Deputy of the state Duma Vasily Piskarev.
“Apple has made the amendments to the geographical names of the subject – Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol. (Names – Ed.) given in accordance with the Constitution,” said Duma member. According to him, Apple gave deputies a demonstration of how to change the Crimea’s belonging to the services of the company.
Readers of “Country” confirmed that a few days ago in the Apple about the weather Simferopol was not mentioned as a Russian city and now on-screen identity is – “Simferopol, Crimea, Russia.”
However, there is one important caveat: Apple is going to show Crimea as Russian for Russian users.
But it is unlikely to provide Ukraine with comfort. For the rest of users from around the world – including Ukrainians – Crimean town not marked. They would not belong.
“Just checked the phone, it’s true! Apple agreed with the requirement of Moscow to show the Crimea, annexed the territory of Ukraine in 2014, as the territory of Russia. Crimea and the city Sevastopol and Simferopol are now shown as Russian territory on Apple maps, if you use the application in Russia”, – commented the BBC’s will Vernon.
But other cities in the disputed territories is still indicated by the canons of international law: the capital of Transnistria Tiraspol – Moldova, South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinvali – Georgia, Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh – Azerbaijan.
Why Apple Crimea “is not our”?
Russia has been negotiating with representatives of Apple since may of 2019, arguing that the designation of the Crimea the territory of Ukraine is a criminal offense under the laws of the Russian Federation.
After that, the company completely removed from the map all symbols. But this did not suit Russia. In the process of discussion the Russian side tried to convince foreign partners that “no politics in it” and that “Apple commercial organization.”
However, it is unlikely that this reasoning played a role. Rather, Apple was afraid of losing the Russian market, which in conditions of a centralized Russian government is a very real prospect.
This market, of course, smaller than China, but compared to Ukrainian – huge.
The office of “Apple” company in Russia, operating since 2007, and the annual revenue of the Corporation amounts to about 200 billion rubles a year (more than three billion dollars). In the Russian rating Forbes Apple takes the 11th place among the largest foreign companies in Russia by revenue.
In Ukraine Apple in their representation no – that is, sales are relatively small. So to risk the Russian market, not to offend Ukrainians, “giant Apple” would not.
What “pain” of Ukrainians
At such terrible news, as marks of the Russian Crimea in Russia responded to the Ukrainian authorities.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko literally on the fingers tried to explain how the Ukrainians see the situation with the recognition by Apple of the annexed Russian Crimea.
“Let me explain in your terms, Apple. Imagine that you cry, your ideas, the years and part of your heart, stolen your worst enemy, but at the same time some ignorant spits on your pain. This is how it feels when you call Crimea Russian land” – this is Vadim pristayko in English wrote in his Twitter.
He later clarified his position, writing that “Apple products are excellent, but global politics is not the strong side of the company.”
Embassy of Ukraine in the United States also reacted to the scandal with Apple, saying that “Ukrainians are unlikely to be grateful to Apple this thanksgiving.” Because it is worth reminding the company that “Crimea is part of Ukraine that is under Russian occupation, but not sovereignty”.
The Ukrainian authorities demand from Apple to remove all signs of the Crimea as part of Russia. Ukrainian diplomats also drew the attention of the State Department and other competent departments of the United States on the current situation.
Ukraine was supported in Lithuania. With the corresponding statement was made by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius on Twitter:
“Crimea is the land of Ukraine, which was occupied by Russia,” – wrote the diplomat.
However, all of these perturbations official reaction of Washington was not followed: the country celebrated thanksgiving. The company also has no answers to Ukrainian issues.
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Boycott Klimkin and rebellion of sister
Hasn’t avoided the topic and in social networks. Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin decided nothing more to prove to Apple. Instead, he urged Ukrainians to boycott the iPhone:
“I dare you… to abandon Apple if they are willing to recognize the Crimea Russian? And to say, well, these opportunists… go to another, and this brand is no longer recognize. They had no jobs). A brand can’t be number 1, goodbye!”, – wrote in his Twitter Klimkin.
However, others took the news more with humor.
Photographer and psychologist Anton Marcovich mocks Klimkin calls to abandon Apple products.
“Pull this crap out of your ears. We are simply obliged to impose sanctions against Apple. And close official Apple stores. And all Ukrainian patriots just break their IPhones, Aimaks, IPads, MacBooks. In a fit of righteous anger. Embroidery and iPhone no longer together. Start. Strangle The Apple. Push feet headphones. Beat the three-eyed on the asphalt. I want to see this”.
About that same blogger Maxim gardus, who also discusses the appeal of the ex-Minister.
“The other day “patriots” violently happy performance of “boycott”, which went #jacobs #zik .
I’m sure after the mass burning of jablonov and other gadgets #apple come to their senses! Waiting for mass protests! Stay tuned!
PS and hashtag #iphonetoday running already?”
“Otse so zrada!”, commented on “betrayal from Apple” blogger Eugene Chursin.
The situation with Apple and the Crimea were taken by the journalist, “Country” Olesya Medvedev in the blog “is Clear.I see.” Maria Romanova