Apple suspends online sales and product exports to Russia (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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The world’s largest company decided it didn’t want to do business in Russia after Moscow’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) said on Tuesday it had stopped taking online orders on its digital storefront in Russia and halted exports to its distribution partners in the country. According to a CNET report, Apple (AAPL) said it was “deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and [it] support[s] with all the people who suffer because of violence.”

Apple (AAPL) said in a press release obtained by CNET that in addition to suspending all sales of products in Russia, it limits the use of Apple Pay and other services in the country, it no longer renders the applications of Russian news services RT News and Sputnik available for download from app store outside of Russia, and it disabled live traffic and incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine.

Apple’s (AAPL) decisions come as several major tech companies have taken steps to end their business with Russia amid growing global condemnation of the unprovoked war launched against Ukraine last week.

Among the companies that have commented on the halt in sales in Russia is memory chipmaker Micron Technology. (NASDAQ:MU)which said it halted all sales of its products to Russia and Ukraine effective Feb. 24. A spokesperson for Micron (MU) said the chipmaker was complying “with all export control regulations and economic sanctions applicable” to its business.

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David A. Albanese