Apple halts product sales in Russia2022-03-01 18:58 by Daniela
Apple has stopped selling its products through the Apple Store in Russia. The company announced its decision on Tuesday after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last week, and as other Western businesses are increasingly cutting ties with the country.
The company said in a statement that it is "deeply concerned" about the Russian invasion and that in response, it has "paused all product sales" in the country. Apple also said it has moved to limit access to digital services, such as Apple Pay, inside Russia, and restricted the availability of Russian state media applications outside the country.
"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," Apple said in a statement. "We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region."
The tech giant didn't say how long its efforts will remain in place.
"We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking," the company said. "We join all those around the world who are calling for peace."
Apple joins a growing list of tech companies responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week. Others, including Meta's Facebook, TikTok and YouTube, have responded by cracking down on disinformation and reducing the online presence of Russian state-owned media outlets like RT News and Sputnik News.
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