Russia brags about “Russian” Crimea in DPRK atlas where South Korea “annexed” by North

Ukraine's Crimea marked as a Russian territory on a map in the North Korean political Atlas of the World. Scan: FB RusEmbDPRK 

Crimea, More

The Russian Embassy in the DPRK highlights that Crimea is marked as Russian territory in a world atlas recently issued in North Korea. The North Korean Foreign Ministry confirms the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea. Meanwhile, South Korea is absent on the maps in the same atlas, being depicted as a North-Korean territory. The DPRK had been stating its support for the Crimea annexation since 2014.

The Russian Embassy in the North Korea in their 12 October post on Facebook proudly reports that Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in March 2014, has “already been painted in Russian colors” on maps  in a new political atlas of the world released in the DPRK by the publishing house “Scientific Encyclopedia.”

Russian diplomats pretend being surprised at this and tell that they have requested clarification from the North Korean Foreign Ministry on this issue:

“As we were explained in the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic respects the outcome of the referendum held in Crimea on the entry of the peninsula into the Russian Federation, considers its results to be legitimate and fully compliant with international legal norms,” the post reads.

Not-so-fresh recognition

Nearly all major Russian media outlets considered the statement of the Russian Embassy newsworthy and reported that “Pyongyang has agreed to recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea.”

Meanwhile, North Korea, as a Russian ally has been declaring its support for the Russian annexation of Crimea since 2014.

  • On 24 March 2014, following the Russian-backed secessionist referendum in Crimea and its rapid annexation by Russia, the UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution considering the March 16 referendum as invalid and reaffirming Ukraine’s territorial integrity. One hundred nations favored the resolution while just 11 countries voted against, with 58 abstentions and 24 absent. The DPRK was among the states that voted against the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The ther 10 were Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, and Sudan.
  • Later, in the December of 2014, the director of the press department of North Korean Foreign Ministry, Jeong Dong-hak told in an interview with Russian state-owned information agency TASS that Pyongyang considers Russia’s absorption of Crimea “fully justified.” The spokesman wished Russians to “protect worthily their interests over current events in Ukraine” amid a tough anti-Russian campaign “launched by the United States and Western countries.” Jong also added that traditional relations of friendship and cooperation with Russia “remain an ever-lasting stance of the DPRK government.”

No South Korea on the map

The Russian embassy in the DPRK has illustrated their triumphal statement with scanned pages from the Pyongyang-issued atlas. Two of four maps published by the Russian diplomats depict South Korea as a North-Korean territory:

A question arises if Russia endorses the North-Korean maps with Crimea depicted as a Russian territory, does Russia support DPRK sovereignty over South Korea too?




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  1. Avatar veth says:

    Russians have one disease: borderline…………………………………..

    1. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      The Moskali never could read a map.

  2. Avatar Screwdriver says:

    Who really cares about N. Korean maps ? N. Korea will be destroyed soon.
    We should care about real historical maps, like this one for example, dated 1595 :

    1. Avatar Murf says:

      As redicilous as a Brit trying return to the days when; “the sun never sets on the British Empire.”

    2. Avatar RedSquareMaidan says:

      Look at all the territory Kyiv had back then ;))

    3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

      All political maps are BS. Holland was once part of Spain. It took an 80 year war of independence to shake that off.

  3. Avatar veth says:

    Compensation for Crimea to Ukraine is out of question, – Kremlin
    Russia expects that Ukraine will recognize the annexation of Crimea over time

  4. Avatar Murf says:

    Russia; land of the vodka induced hallucinations.

    1. Avatar Ihor Dawydiak says:

      Even if ISIS/ISIL produced a map showing Crimea as part of Russia, the Kremlin would rejoice and claim that this example would be a major step forward leading to international recognition of Putin’s mirage.

  5. Avatar veth says:

    Compensation for Crimea to Ukraine is out of question, – Kremlin
    Russia expects that Ukraine will recognize the annexation of Crimea over time

    16:21, 13 October 2017

    Kremlin commented on the recent scandalous statement of President of Czech President Milos Zeman on the status of annexed Crimea and claimed that the compensation for Crimea to Ukraine is out of the question. Spokesperson of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov claimed this as TASS reported.

    According to Peskov, the issue is about the inter-European discussion. And according to Kremlin, ‘it is juristically impossible to talk about the annexation of Crimea, it is incorrect and, consequently, the compensation is out of question’.

    Related: Zeman’s statement aims to legitimize annexation of Crimea, – Czech Senate
    Putin’s spokesperson also claimed that the formulation that Crimea issue can be regulated by repayment is incorrect. Moreover, Kremlin expects that Ukraine will recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia over time. According to Peskov, Kyiv ‘should bestow respect to the will expression of the millionth population of the peninsula’. ‘Also, we expect that the normalization of the Russian-Ukrainian relation in the future’, Peskov concluded.

  6. Avatar svend says:

    I dont understand the fuss. Why are Russian embassy proud?? I think they should be depressed. S. Korea and Crimea under wrong countries, nothing to be proud about.

  7. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Buncha Stalinist mooks.