Apple to Block Sale of Products in Russia

( – Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine have led to many sanctions by governments around the globe. Private companies are also starting to take a stand against the Kremlin in hopes of swaying leaders against pursuing further conflict.

On March 1, Apple revealed it would stop selling its products in Russia. At the same time, the company cut access to RT News and Sputnik News in its app store.

The goal, according to Apple, is to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Due to safety concerns, Apple disabled live incidents and traffic in the Maps app for Ukraine and said it would help with humanitarian efforts in the region.

Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, sent a request to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, on February 25 asking for the halt of business in Russia. Fedorov stated, “modern technology is perhaps the best answer to the tanks…” He said cutting off the Russian people from Apple’s services could push them to stop the military actions.

Other top US companies also made recent announcements about stopping business with Moscow. Ford suspended all operations in the country, along with Nike, Dell, Exxon Mobil, Harley-Davidson and FedEx. Social media giants, including Twitter and Google, are also imposing restrictions.

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