Amazon is suspending shipments to Russia and Belarus as a result of ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the corporate announced in a blog post (through Bloomberg). It’s additionally barring entry to Amazon Prime Video in Russia.
“Given the ongoing situation in Russia and Ukraine, we’ve taken additional actions in the region,” Amazon says within the submit. “We’ve suspended shipment of retail products to customers based in Russia and Belarus.”
Amazon can be halting any new orders of the open-world MMO New World, the one sport title it sells in Russia. A slew of different sport corporations, like EA Games, CD Projekt Red, Take-Two, Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and Epic Games, have suspended gross sales within the nation as effectively. On Tuesday, Amazon’s cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services, stopped accepting new signups in Russia and Belarus.
In addition to Amazon, different main gamers like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Netflix, and PayPal have stopped doing enterprise with Russia. Even if Amazon did preserve its providers on-line in Russia and Belarus, customers would have a tough time making purchases — Visa and Mastercard shut down operations in the country, making any Russian-issued Mastercard or Visa playing cards ineffective for funds exterior the nation. To get round this main impediment, Russian banks might begin issuing cards that use China’s UnionPay system, which can enable Russians to make some abroad purchases.