Apple (AAPL) has banned the sale of all its products in Russia due to the occupation of Ukraine. The company announced this Tuesday in a statement that it is “deeply concerned” about the Russian occupation and “has banned all product sales” in the country. Apple also said it would restrict access to digital services, such as Apple Pay, within Russia and has limited the availability of Russian state-owned media applications abroad.
“Last week, we stopped all exports to our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services are limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia,” Apple said. “And we have deactivated traffic and direct incidents on Apple Maps in Ukraine as a security and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
Apple’s decision comes after tech companies faced public pressure to act against Russia. The Ukrainian government last week asked Apple to stop offering its app store in Russia, but some security experts said it could hurt Russian users protesting against the Kremlin and relying on Western means to do so. was organized.
Netflix also said it was refusing to broadcast Russian state television channels in the country.