Apple stops online Apple Store sales in Russia
Apple has halted all online Apple Store sales in Russia amid the country’s violent invasion of Ukraine, leaving customers in the country unable to purchase any new Apple products from the online store, according to local news outlets.
The online Apple Store in Russia how shows the label “Delivery Unavailable” for all products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, Apple TV and HomePod.
Ukrainian vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook last week in an effort to block the App Store and Apple online store for customers in Russia to “proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression” inflicted by Russia.
I’ve contacted @tim_cook, Apple's CEO, to block the Apple Store for citizens of the Russian Federation, and to support the package of US government sanctions! If you agree to have the president-killer, then you will have to be satisfied with the only available site Russia 24. pic.twitter.com/b5dm78g2vS
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 25, 2022
The news follows after Apple Pay support was withdrawn from five banks in Russia on Friday as Australia, the US, the UK, the European Union and Japan imposed economic sanctions on Russia, seeing foreign transactions to Russian banks suspended indefinitely.