Iphone It is reported that iTunes and App Store purchases can no longer be made by users of Apple devices located in Russia, leaving them unable to pay for apps, media or Apple services.


According to the Russia-based website, it is now impossible for users to add money to their App Store or iTunes Store accounts using regional bank cards issued by Russian banks including Alfa-Bank, Sber and Tinkoff.

Under normal circumstances, Apple users will still be able to purchase Apple Gift Cards to top up their Apple ID account. However, Iphone It is also reported that users are having problems with this style of financing as well.

It is not clear if the problem is caused by an action by Apple, Russian banks or the Russian government. However, if confirmed, as it is, users in Russia now seem to have no way to make purchases in the App Store or the iTunes Store.

The development follows Google Play Store’s decision to Turn off billing in RussiaAnd Apple’s decision early last week to stop all sales from its online store in Russia as well Block Apple Search Ads In the Russian App Store‌.

It is also said that Apple Pay has been limited and that major banks in Russia are unable to use the service, which has resulted in long queues at commuter rail systems that use Apple Pay to pay fares. Apple’s moves came independently after US sanctions were applied to the country in February following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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