Ukraine wants Apple to block Russia’s access to its products. This is who is already cutting ties with Russia

As Russian troops bombed and invaded Ukraine, NATO members tightened sanctions and private companies cut ties.

Ukrainian officials want more, with Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation, asking that Apple block Russia to use the App Store and stop supplying the country with products.

“The whole world is repelling the aggressor with the imposition of sanctions – the enemy must suffer heavy losses. But we need your support – in 2022 modern technology is perhaps the best answer to tanks, lances -multiple rockets (hrad) and missiles,” Fedorov wrote, apparently referring to the BM-21 Grad truck-mounted rocket launchers.

Apple did not immediately respond to The Chronicle’s request for comment. On Thursday, CEO Tim Cook wrote that the company “supported local humanitarian efforts” and he “joined with all those calling for peace.”

Separately, Russia’s Central Bank said customers of sanctioned major Russian banks will not be able to use Apple Pay or Google Pay. The sanctions could also potentially affect Google’s YouTube, which owns major Russian channels.

Here are the countries that have imposed sanctions and the companies that have cut ties with Russia.

• The United States has been a leader in exposing Russia’s actions and warning the world before the invasion began.

The White House said the sanctions include blocking exports of technologies including “semiconductors, telecommunications, encryption security, lasers, sensors, navigation, avionics and maritime technologies” in the United States. hope to reduce the Russian army and aircraft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, architect of war, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are personally sanctioned, as well as members of the Russian national security team, the White House announced on Friday.

Eurovision, the intercontinental singing competition, banned Russia from participating in the popular competition after its invasion of Ukraine. He is one of a growing list of nations, companies and organizations that are severing ties with Russia or Russian properties.

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Sanctions imposed on 13 Russian state-owned companies will prevent them from obtaining financing in the United States, and Russia’s largest banks – Sberbank and VTB – have been blocked from direct access to the US dollar, although some exceptions have been made. to enable payments for energy, a key Russian export.

The United States is also targeting “two major Belarusian state banks, nine defense companies and seven officials and elites linked to the regime” after Belarus aided the Russian onslaught.

• The UK sanctions 100 people and entities and freezes their assets, including “all major manufacturers who support Putin’s war machine”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. He also personally sanctions Putin and Lavrov.

VTB’s assets have been frozen and Russian companies are banned from raising funds in the UK. Russian airline Aeroflot is banned from the region. The UK is set to ban exports of certain technologies to Russia next week and is targeting Belarus.

• The European Union has targeted Russia’s financial, technology and energy sectors, limiting exports and banning trade finance. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said 70% of Russian banks and state-owned companies were targeted.

On Friday, officials also said they would personally sanction Putin and Lavrov, freezing their assets in the European Union.

The EU is also seeking to block the deposits of Russian “elite” in Europe.

Russia remains a member of the key financial system SWIFT, and some European countries oppose its removal. The system allows more than 11,000 global institutions to communicate about transactions and Russia’s withdrawal would significantly limit its role in the global economy, but could also limit Europe’s access to energy and food. from the country.

• Japan sanctions three Russian banks: VEB, Promsvyazbank and Bank Rossiya. He also punishes individuals he did not name.

• Australia “is imposing new sanctions on the oligarchs, whose economic weight is of strategic importance to Moscow and more than 300 members of the Russian Duma, their parliament”, declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The country is also working with the United States to extend sanctions against Belarus.

• New Zealand is reducing trade with Russia, including by blocking exports to the Russian military and imposing travel bans on Russian officials.

• Taiwan, a major semiconductor manufacturer, has also joined the sanctions.

• Delta Air Lines suspends its partnership with Aeroflot. The Manchester United football team, sponsored by Aeroflot, is also cutting ties.

• The UEFA football championship has moved from Saint Petersburg to Paris. Water sports group FINA has canceled a water polo match between Russia and Greece in St Petersburg, as well as a synchronized swimming and diving event in Kazan. The International Olympic Committee has urged sports organizations to cancel events in Russia and Belarus.

• The Eurovision Song Contest also banned Russia.

Roland Li is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @rolandlisf

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