“While the West refuses to recognize the annexation of the Crimea to Russia, it has just been done by one of the largest newspapers,” – said FP.
At the moment, it is unclear whether this version of the map of Ukraine was published by mistake or deliberately by the decision of the editorial board. Press secretary of USA Today did not respond to that question.
USA Today is a leading American newspaper based on an average daily circulation (including online readers).
The Crimea and Sevastopol became the Russian regions in March of 2014. The position of the Russian Foreign Ministry is that the Crimea became part of Russia in accordance with international law and the UN Charter.
At the end of October of last year a depiction of the Crimea as a part of Russia in FIFA video, which presented the logo of the World Cup 2018, caused a scandal. That promo video was shown on the facade of the Bolshoi Theater.