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Microsoft suspends new sales of products and services in Russia | Tech News

New Delhi: Horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine, Microsoft has announced that it is suspending all further sales of its products and services in Russia.

Microsoft President and Vice President Brad Smith said the company condemns Russia’s unwarranted, unprovoked and unlawful invasion.

“We are coordinating and working closely with the governments of the United States, European Union and United Kingdom, and are halting many aspects of our business in Russia in accordance with government sanctions decisions,” Smith said. in a statement Friday evening. .

“We believe we are most effective in helping Ukraine when we take concrete action in coordination with the decisions taken by these governments and we will take additional action as this situation continues to evolve,” he said. added.

Microsoft joins the growing list of Big Tech companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube and others that are suspending or reducing their business/presence in Russia.

Apple has halted sales of its products in Russia, and Google and Meta have halted ad sales in the country.

Smith said they continue to work proactively to help cybersecurity officials in Ukraine defend against Russian attacks, including most recently a cyberattack on a major Ukrainian broadcaster.

“Since the start of the war, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive actions against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial industry organizations,” Smith said.

Microsoft also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian sites. Also Read: Mother Dairy milk prices to be raised by Rs 2 per liter in Delhi-NCR: Check details here

“We also continue to mobilize our resources to help the people of Ukraine,” Smith added. Also Read: Google Account Hacked? Here’s how to find out