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Coca-Cola Blames Ad Agency for Map Showing Crimea as Part of Russia

U.S. drinks organisation Coca-Cola on Wednesday blamed a marketing group for a map used in an online promotion debate that showed Crimea to be partial of Russia and which drew protests and threats of a protest from angry Ukrainians.

Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014, heading to condemnation from Western governments that imposed sanctions on Russia in response. Only a handful of countries have famous Crimea’s union into Russia.

In a matter on Wednesday, Coca-Cola said: “We, as a company, don’t support any domestic movements. The company has private the post and apologizes for the conditions that occurred.”

Coca-Cola pronounced that the map, that seemed on Dec. 30 on Coca-Cola’s page on VKontakte, a Russian amicable networking site identical to Facebook, had been altered by an promotion group but Coca-Cola’s approval.

Furious Ukrainians took to social media to vent their annoy opposite Coca-Cola, and some threatened to boycott the company’s products.

The Ukrainian Embassy in the United States pronounced in a matter on its Facebook page that it had voiced concerns to the association and to the U.S. State Department.

“The Embassy emphasized that Coca-Cola’s actions violate the official U.S. position condemning Russia’s bootleg function of Crimea, that is and has always been an integral partial of Ukraine,” the statement said.

Coca-Cola is not the only multinational association to have inadvertently faced annoyance recently since of the festering tensions between Russians and Ukrainians.

Google pronounced on Tuesday that problems gifted by some users in translating terms into Russian from Ukrainian regulating Google Translate were the result of errors in its programmed algorithms, Russian group RBC reported.

Earlier Ukrainian media had reported that the translation use was digest “Russian Federation” as “Mordor,” a region in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that is ruled by the immorality impression Sauron, and “Russians” as “occupiers.”

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/554926.html