Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, announces the cessation of sales of its products and services in Russia due to the war in Ukraine, a measure that other technology companies have adopted.
Microsoft has stopped selling its products and offering its services in Russia as part of government and corporate pressure on the country led by Vladimir Putin to stop the invasion of Ukraine. “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.” said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft , in the statement announcing that Xbox, Windows, Azure and other products and services are no longer for sale in that country.
The move comes two days after Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov issued a statement to Xbox, PlayStation and esports organizations to stop their activities in Russia. Other similar measures have been taken in the field of video games: CD Projekt and Bloober Team have stopped selling in Russia and Belarus , Intel and AMD suspend sales in that territory , while Electronic Arts has withdrawn Russia and its teams from FIFA 22 and other sports games. Different companies and development studios have turned to direct or indirect donation campaignsto Ukraine and NGOs operating in the country.
Microsoft’s decision does not affect the services already contracted . Russian users who have Xbox Live, servers in Azure, or Microsoft 365 subscriptions can continue to use them. As they argue from The Verge , ending these contracts would be a great blow to the population and to Russian organizations and companies. “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.” says Smith.
Microsoft has acted against Russian computer attacks
“Since the war began, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations.” announces the president of Microsoft. “We have also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian sites. We have publicly raised our concerns that these attacks against civilians violate the Geneva Convention.”