Apple, Inc. has taken action against Russia amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. Apple has announced a ban on the sale of all products in Russia. Apple has removed Russian news apps RT and Sputnik from the App Store. Earlier, the company had banned the service of Apple Pay in Russia. According to a statement issued by the company, Apple has stopped exports across all sales channels in Russia. The company says that they are monitoring the situation and are in talks with the governments of the affected countries.
Governments and big companies of many Western countries including America have criticized the attack on Ukraine at the international level. At the same time, efforts are being made to isolate Russia on many fronts. From banking, sports to vodka, many countries and organizations have banned it.
Last week, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote an open letter to Apple, calling for Russia to remove the company’s products, services, and app stores. He said such a move would have an impact on the youth and the Russian people would oppose the intentions of his army.
“We are deeply concerned by Russia’s attack on Ukraine and stand with all those who suffer this violence,” Apple said. We have taken several steps as a response to this attack. Last week we stopped the export of all cell channels to Russia. Apple Pay and other services have also been limited.
After Apple’s decision, Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted and informed about stopping the sale of Apple products in Russia. He has also demanded to stop access to the App Store.
Apple has not given much information about the App Store in its statement. However, the company has reduced the traffic and live incidents feature of Apple Maps in Ukraine. Google has also taken such a step before Apple. Google has also turned off the traffic data of Google Maps in Ukraine. In addition, Instagram has also blocked all the pages of Russian Times, the official news channel of Russia.