Apple has announced a number of restrictions in Russia, including halting sales of its products in the country after invading neighboring Ukraine.
The company outlined a series of measures it is taking in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, including limiting its Apple Pay and Apple Maps services in the region, removing Russian state media apps RT News and Sputnik News from all non-Russian app stores, and suspending product sales in Russia.
It is also argued that Russian banking applications such as VTB Bank will soon be targeted.
“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and support all the people affected by the violence,” Apple said in a statement. “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing assistance in the wake of the unfolding refugee crisis and doing everything we can to support our teams in the region.”
Apple’s response follows an open letter to CEO Tim Cook released by Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov last week. The letter explicitly suggested to Cook “to stop deliveries of Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the App Store.”
Although there was no direct blocking of access to the App Store, Apple seems to have been successful otherwise.
Apple does not have physical stores in Russia, but it is still the third largest smartphone seller after Samsung and Xiaomi, according to analysts. IDC. By the end of the year, the iPhone 13 was in high demand.
Apple is the latest major tech company to impose restrictions on Russia. Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to prevent Russian government accounts from buying up ad space to prevent monetization and misinformation.