Apple Pay has announced that it will no longer support Mir, the Russian card payment system. The tech giant has closed the loophole that allowed Russians to continue using the online payment service despite sanctions imposed on the country due to its war with Ukraine.
Apple Pay no longer supports Mir
According to Reuters, Apple has notified the Russian National Payment Card System or NSPK that it is suspending support for Mir cars in the Apple Pay payment service.
Since March 24, downloading new Mir maps on the service is no longer available. Mir also noted that his cards previously added to Apple Pay will no longer work in the coming days. In 2021, Apple Pay first added support for Mir cards.
According to The Verge, Mir is owned by the Central Bank of Russia and was created in response to economic sanctions imposed on the country after the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Central Bank statistics indicate that Mir cards account for approximately 32% of all new cards issued in Russia.
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Google is also taking the necessary steps to discontinue Mir, according to the Wall Street Journal. The search giant is said to have suspended a pilot program, which began in October 2021, allowing users to connect their Mir cards to Google Pay.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal that Google Pay is suspending payment-related services in Russia due to a disruption in payment services beyond their control.
Thousands of Russian users have been cut off from Apple Pay and Google Pay after several countries imposed financial sanctions on major Russian banks, including Sovcombank, VTB Group. Promsvyazbank, Novikombank and Otkritie FC Bank.
Earlier this month, Visa and Mastercard suspended operations in Russia, preventing Russians from using their credit or debit cards outside of Russia or for international payments online.
Apple suspends sales in Russia
Before Apple suspended Apple Pay in Russia, the tech giant halted sales of its products in the country. As MacRumors reported, on March 1, Apple halted all product sales on its online website in the country, meaning customers in Russia can no longer buy iPhones, iPads, Mac and other Apple devices.
Any attempt to purchase from the country store will result in a delivery unavailable result when trying to add a product to cart.
Sales were halted following a call from Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking Apple to stop selling the company’s devices and stop selling the company’s devices. prevent Russia from accessing the App Store.
Apple said in a statement that it has also stopped all exports to the sales channel in Russia and disabled live traffic and incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety measure for Ukrainians.
Cook explained the decision in a letter sent to all Apple employees, and he also provided information on how employees could donate.
Apple has matched all donations at a 2:1 rate for eligible organizations, retroactive for donations made since February 25.
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