Tech company Apple has announced that in response to the invasion of Ukraine the company will no longer allow its products to be used or sold in the country. This is a major development against Russia and is likely to set off a war between Apple and Putin. This means that all sales channels have been suspended for the foreseeable future.
Within this development, the company also announced that Apple Pay and related services via popular devices like Apple Watches and iPhones have also been suspended. That particular move is set to have a big bite just hours after both Visa and Mastercard cut off Russia entirely.
“Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia,” Apple said. “And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
Their moves follow additional reports that sites like Netflix have also stopped streaming Russian channels in the country entirely.