Apple suspends sales of its products, services in Russia

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Apple has announced a halt to sales of its products in Russia in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Cupertino-based tech giant also said that its services, including Apple Pay, have been limited in the country.

“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all those who have suffered as a result of the violence,” Apple said in an official statement.

The company also said that it is “supporting humanitarian efforts, providing support for the ongoing refugee crisis, and doing everything we can to support our teams in the region”.

The US-based technology company has halted sales of all its products in Russia. All services offered by the company, including Apple Pay, have also been limited in the country.

Apple has blocked Russian news apps on the App Store globally. Russian state media apps such as RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the Apple Store outside Russia.

Last week Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov posted an open letter to Apple calling for Russia to cut off its products, services and App Store.

“I have contacted Apple CEO @tim_cook to support the blocking of the Apple Store for citizens of the Russian Federation and the US government sanctions package! If you agree to be the president-killer, you only need to Will have to be satisfied with the site Russia24,” Vice PM Fedorov said via an official tweet.

Google recently blocked Russian state media from earning money on its platform. Other tech platforms like Facebook and YouTube followed the same path.

“In response to the war in Ukraine, we are stopping Google’s monetization of Russian state-funded media on our platforms,” ​​a Google spokesperson said in an official statement. “We are actively monitoring new developments and will take further steps if necessary,” the spokesperson added.

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