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Apple suspends the sale of its products in Russia. But that’s not all: the tech sanctions for war


Even Apple has decided to take the field against the war in Ukraine: the sale of products in Russia has been blocked.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to several sanctions adopted by various states against the Kremlin, but there are also sanctions adopted by individual companies. In fact, Apple has also entered the field and has decided to block the sale of its products ( MacBook , iPhone , iPad , Apple Watch and all the others) throughout Russia. The decision came after Mykhailo Fedorov, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, had asked the Cupertino company for help in recent days, asking for the interruption of the sale of Apple products throughout Russia .

Apple: sanctions against Russia

However, Apple has not limited itself to just blocking the sale of its products throughout Russia, both in the stores physically present in the various cities and through the site, but has also taken other decisions regarding its own sanctions to be applied.

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Outside of Russia, the apps of information sites (and often fake news) RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available in the Apple Store, so it is impossible to download them on your mobile devices.

But not only that: some functions of Apple Maps in Ukraine have also been eliminated, such as those concerning real-time traffic information or accidents. These measures have been taken to safeguard the safety of the Ukrainian population.

Apple blocks sales in Russia: the statement

Apple announced its decision through a press release: “We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand by all the people suffering from the violence. We support humanitarian efforts by providing aid to unravel the refugee crisis, and by doing everything possible to support our teams in the region. We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion. We have blocked the sale of all products in Russia. Last week, we blocked exports for our sales channels in the nation. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News (satellite channel and service receiving funding from the Russian government, ed) are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia. We have disabled both traffic and real-time incidents indications in Apple Maps in Ukraine, as a safety measure and as a precaution for Ukrainian citizens. We will continue to assess the situation and are in contact with the governments of the countries concerned for the actions we are taking. We join all those in the world who are asking for peace ”.


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