US high tech and payment firms blacklist Crimea

Russia’s absorption of the Crimea region in early 2014 continues to be a source of friction between Washington and Moscow. The issue was illustrated recently by several US firms which cut ties with the disputed territory altogether.

Due to sanctions placed on the region last year by the US authorities, which include an export ban of US goods, technology, sales and services to Crimea, Apple and Valve are the latest companies to blacklist Crimea, in addition to payment operators Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

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