- Apple has ceased selling its items on its Apple store in Russia, the company revealed on Tuesday.
- Currently, on Apple’s Russia store, all Apple items are classified as “unavailable” for purchase or delivery in the nation.
- Apple also confirmed on Tuesday that it had deleted Russian state-controlled publications RT News and Sputnik News from its App Store throughout the globe.
Amidst the Russia-Ukraine war affairs, Apple recently paused all online sales activities conducted in Russia. “We have suspended all product sales in Russia. Last Monday, we ceased all exports in our sales channel in the nation, “the firm informed BuzzFeed. “We are profoundly worried about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a consequence of the bloodshed,” the company wrote.
State-owned Russian news agency TASS was the first to report that Apple had paused sales when it saw that the delivery status of products in the company’s online shop in Russia showed up as “currently unavailable.” Indeed, Russians can no longer purchase the iPhone 13 Pro, AirPods, AirTags, iPad mini, Apple Watch, and countless other accessories and items from Apple’s online store.
The announcement came days after Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on the corporation to cease selling its goods and services in Russia to urge the Russian government to call off the invasion of Ukraine. “We are convinced that such acts will push the young and active people of Russia to aggressively oppose this terrible military aggression,” Fedorov added.
Fedorov also called on Apple to discontinue supplying its iOS App Store to Russian-based consumers. The company’s response to BuzzFeed on Twitter cites no such action. However, Apple has chosen to ban Russian state-sponsored media sites RT and Sputnik News from the iOS App Store across all markets, save for Russia.
Apple stated that “we will continue to analyse the situation and are in discussion with appropriate governments on the efforts we are making.” “We join all those around the world who are calling for peace.”
Although Apple operates an e-commerce site in Russia, the business has no physical Apple stores in the nation. Instead, local electronics merchants such as Retail Stores have offered Apple items at real retail storefronts.
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