In the territories controlled by Azerbaijan, a number of Armenian toponyms of Artsakh in the Google Maps application have been replaced by Azerbaijani ones. As RIA Novosti reports, this was stated by the president of the Azerbaijan Space Agency (Azercosmos) Samedin Asadov. In December, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, through official diplomatic channels, appealed to Google with a request to abandon the Armenian names of the territories of Artsakh under the control of Baku.
In January, the Artsakh Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan sent a letter to Google urging not to remove Armenian geographical names from digital maps. The names of the cities and regions of Artsakh under the control of Azerbaijan are indicated in the Google Maps application in Azerbaijani and Armenian. He also expressed confidence that the search engine system will completely remove Armenian geographical names from maps in the future.