More sales of Apple products in Russia

Apple said on Tuesday it had halted all sales of physical products in Russia.

Apple’s move means Russians will no longer be able to buy iPhones or Macbooks directly from the company. When Euronews Next sought to purchase an iPhone through Apple’s Russian online store, the site displayed the notice “Apple store is now closed.

Physical sales in Russia have been halted, following Apple’s decision to stop exporting its products to Russia last week. Apple had previously restricted access to digital services in Russia, including Apple Pay.

Outside of Russia, RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store,” Apple said, adding that it had disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine by security and precautionary measure for Ukrainians.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Myhailo Fedorov responded to Apple’s announcement by urging the company to go further.

Here is the full statement released by Apple:

We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and support all people who are suffering because of the violence. We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid to the unfolding refugee crisis and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.

We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion. We have suspended all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports to our in-country sales channel. Apple Pay and other services have been restricted. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.

We will continue to assess the situation and are in communication with the governments concerned on the measures we are taking. We join with everyone around the world calling for peace.

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