The effects of the standoff between the U.S. and Russia continue to be felt far and wide as TechCrunch reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to terminate accounts of people registered in Crimea. Apple has already issued notices to developers in the area notifying them that they will no longer gain access to its developer’s portal as well as other platforms.
Apparently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not the only company that has initiated such a move; Valve is also reported to have barred the distribution of its steam games in the area. A notice from the Cupertino-based company notifies people in the area that they should cease from using any of Apple’s software and destroy any material related to the company.
The only concern at the moment is that developers in the area could still gain access to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s developer’s platform by changing their address to that of Russia or Ukraine. The move by Apple comes on the heels of the U.S government imposing sanctions on Russia and the area, over its annexation from Ukraine. The European Union has also imposed a series of sanctions on Russia seen as punitive measures of trying to force the government from supporting the rebels.
Under the executive order issued by the U.S government, companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are expected to desist from carrying out any business operations or investments in the Crimea area. U.S. citizens are also barred from importing or exporting anything from Crimea as part of the executive order.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s operations in Russia have also been severely affected seen by the company’s decision to close its online store some weeks back after the Ruble plunged to an all-time low although the same was opened later.
However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may not wish to entirely close down its operations in Russia considering the country has a massive marketplace of over 144 million people with a culture highly embedded in technology.
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