The Russian Embassy in Japan has called on the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic organizing body to amend the official map of Russia in the Tokyo Games because it shows Crimea as part of the territory of Ukraine.
“The Crimea is an integral part of the Russian Federation and the question of its dependence has been permanently and irreversibly closed,” the Russian embassy said, in a statement posted on Facebook Friday.
The embassy added: “We proceed from the fact that the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Games Organizing Authority in Tokyo will make appropriate amendments to the aforementioned map that will make the image of Crimea commensurate with the legal and objective reality.”
Crimea returned to the strength of Russia, which it was in from 1784 to 1954, against the background of the outbreak of a severe political crisis in Ukraine in 2014, and on March 11 of that year, the Crimean Supreme Council and the Sevastopol City Council took a decision to declare the independence of the peninsula against the background of the change of power in Ukraine.
On the 16th of the same month, a popular referendum was held in the region in which 80% of the population of the peninsula participated, and more than 95% of them voted in favor of the accession of Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation, and it officially entered its strength on March 18, which raised great tension in relations between the West and Russia.
From the beginning, Western countries and their allies considered the return of Crimea to the Russian bosom as an illegitimate matter that contradicts international law, and imposed several packages of economic sanctions on Russia against the background of this issue.