Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister asks Apple and Google to stop services in Russia
Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, has called on Apple and Google to stop supplying products and services to Russia.
Stating in an open letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc, published yesterday, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister said that to protect Ukraine, Europe and “the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression” , Apple should cease its services to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the Apple App Store.
Fedorov hopes that if this request is accepted, the Russian population, especially the youth, will be motivated to “proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression”.
Following this letter, Fedorov announced on Twitter that he also asked Google to stop Google Pay and block all Google services to the Russian Federation.
According to reports, the White House issued a similar sanction on Thursday, ordering Apple, Google and other American companies to stop providing services and supplies to the Russian military. Fedorov’s request further imposes a nationwide ban on all types of Apple and Google products and services.
Apple and Google have not yet responded to official requests issued by the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister.