Few days earlier, Microsoft announced a series of steps against Russia following the country’s invasion in Ukraine. These included banning state-sponsored media outlets such as Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from the Microsoft Store. The company expected that this decision would reduce visibility of the outlets’ content on Bing, and blocking them from Microsoft’s ad network, among other things. And now, the company has announced another major sanction against Russia as Microsoft has stopped selling all of its products in the country.
In an official statement, the company said that it will no longer sell Xbox consoles, Windows, Microsoft 365, or Azure to new customers in Russia. However, existing customers will continue to receive support.
Talking about the decision, Microsoft President Brad Smith said, “Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia.”
“[…] we are coordinating closely and working in lockstep with the governments of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and we are stopping many aspects of our business in Russia in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions.”
“We believe we are most effective in aiding Ukraine when we take concrete steps in coordination with the decisions being made by these governments and we will take additional steps as this situation continues to evolve.”
Smith also reiterated the company’s commitment to continue support Ukraine for cybersecurity and aid the country via humanitarian efforts.