Taking a strong stance in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Cupertino-based tech giant Apple on Tuesday announced the decision to halt all product sales in Russia, in a show of support towards Ukraine.
This halt has come after Apple’s decision to apply limitations for Apple Pay in Russia in accordance with sanctions and pull out some Russian news apps from the App Store outside of the country.
According to a statement from the company, Apple states, that it “stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country” last week in response to the violence. The company says that it will “continue to evaluate the situation” and that it’s communicating with the governments of affected countries.
The decision to stop sales in Russia was also influenced by an appeal by Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who published an open letter to Apple, asking the company to cut Russia off from its products, services, and App Store. In the letter, he says that he is “sure that such actions will motivate youth and active population of Russia to proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression.”
While the Apple Russia website is still accessible, products like the iPhone and Mac are listed as currently unavailable and cannot be added to the shopping cart.