Apple stops product sales in Russia

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Apple has stopped selling its products through the Apple Store in Russia. The company announced its decision on Tuesday after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last week, and other Western companies increasingly cut ties with the country.

All Apple products on the company’s Russian online storefront are listed as “unavailable” for purchase or delivery in the country. Apple does not operate any physical Apple stores in Russia.

Apple also said on Tuesday that it had removed Russian state-controlled media outlets RT News and Sputnik News from its App Store worldwide, except for Russia.

“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 sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and d other services have been restricted. RT News and Sputnik News is no longer available for download on the App Store outside of Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine by safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens,” an Apple spokesperson told CNBC in a statement.

Apple’s suspension of sales in Russia on Tuesday highlights the challenges faced by American companies during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Businesses are facing logistical challenges, the falling value of the Russian ruble and the need to charge Russian customers after Western credit card services were limited in the country.

Last week, Dell announced that it had suspended sales in Ukraine and Russia. Nike has also stopped selling products in Russia, according to a message posted on the company’s website. Ford has suspended joint venture operations in Russia, it announced on Tuesday.

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