Apple’s presence in Crimea is quickly being whittled down. Following reports that Apple had ceased developer relations within the area, it looks like sales of physical goods are the next to go.According to a report published by TechCrunch, Apple has begun sending out letters to physical retailers within Crimea that they should stop shipments and sales of Apple’s physical goods, including iPhones and other products. This includes Apple services as well. The letters state that this should all be finalized by February 1, 2015.
“With reference made to Section 5G, ┬źExport Compliance┬╗ of Apple Authorized Service Provider Agreement dated 01.04.14, please be informed that in accordance with the new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 you shall not sell Apple products and/or provide services related to Apple products in the Crimea Region as of February 1, 2015.
Please acknowledge this notice by signing one copy and sending back to
[Contact at Apple Russia in Moscow]
LLC Apple Rus“
Both the United States and the European Commission have recently placed major sanctions against Crimea, and as a result Apple has had to reevaluate its presence within the area. These sanctions will eventually prevent Apple and other companies from doing business in Crimea, and so Apple’s actions here aren’t out of left field.