Microsoft halted all new product and service sales in Russia on Friday. To comply with government restrictions, the company announced it is ceasing many areas of operations in Russia.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, announced the decision Friday. Microsoft didn’t say if existing services will be maintained.
Microsoft said it is cooperating with the US, UK, and EU governments and halting “several areas” of its operations in Russia to comply with coordinated government penalties.
In addition to taking specific steps in collaboration with the decisions made by these nations, Smith added that “we will take more steps as the situation evolves.”
Microsoft said earlier this week it was working to inform Ukraine of assaults. Attackers targeted Ukrainian military institutions, industry, and government bodies, Smith wrote Monday.
Other US tech firms have reduced their presence in Russia due to the Ukraine invasion. Apple stated Tuesday it would discontinue selling devices in the country. Airbnb has ceased its operations in Russia and Belarus.