Apple stops selling its products in Russia

Apple has stopped selling its products in Russia, following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the company announced on Tuesday.

The tech giant said it stopped all shipments to its sales channels in Russia last week, while Apple Pay and other services had also been limited.

Apple has also disabled traffic and lie incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine “as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens”, as well as removed the RT News and Sputnik News apps from its App Store outside Russia.

An Apple spokesman said: “We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence.”

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“We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”

“We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking. We join all those around the world who are calling for peace.”

Last week, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked Apple chief executive Tim Cook to stop sales.

“We are sure that such actions will motivate [the] youth and active population of Russia to proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression,” he wrote.

Other tech companies also have stopped providing services in the country, including Google Pay, while Facebook, TikTok and YouTube have blocked access to Russian media companies to European users.

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