On February 24, on the orders of Vladimir Putin, the Russian Armed Forces began special military operation on the territory of Ukraine. The world responded to this with unprecedented sanctions, and foreign companies with their withdrawal from the Russian market. Every evening we inform you about the main events of the past day. Today we sum up the results on June 23.
Nike finally leaves Russia
Nike stores in Russia are selling off stocks, when they run out the company will stop working in Russia. The Nike website and mobile app will be unavailable. It is reported by Reuters.
The company has previously stated that it did not find a way to deliver goods to Russia and did not renew the license for the Russian franchisee. The decision was taken after three months of suspension.
And the Cisco company is from Russia and the Republic of Belarus
The American company Cisco, a developer and supplier of network equipment for large organizations and telecommunications companies, is also leaving Russia. And the Republic of Belarus at the same time. The company’s website says that a decision has been made to begin a systematic winding down of the business.
“We will contact customers, partners and vendors directly to resolve our financial matters, including reimbursement of prepaid services and software agreements, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and regulations,” the statement said.
And Microsoft also promised to cut business in Russia “until there’s nothing left”
Microsoft President Brad Smith told the Washington Post that the company is reducing its business in Russia.
“As far as Russia is concerned, we are reducing our business more and more and will continue to do so until, in the end, there is almost nothing left, or nothing at all,” he said.
In March, Microsoft suspended the sale of goods and services in Russia. In early June, it became known that the company would significantly reduce business in Russia.
In Russia, they began to sell equipment imported through parallel imports
Goods imported under the recently introduced parallel import scheme began to appear in Russian stores. According to RIA Novosti, this was confirmed by the press service of Ozon – popular electronics brands appeared on the site, including smartphones, computers and their components imported through this mechanism. Kommersant also reported that Svyaznoy became the first Russian retailer to import electronics through parallel imports.
The Hermitage collection is no longer exhibited in Europe and the USA
Artistic works from the Hermitage collection will temporarily not be exhibited in the United States and European countries. So far, the restriction has been introduced for a year.
– The Hermitage introduces a one-year moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Recall that in the 1990s, the museum introduced a moratorium on exhibitions in Russia for security reasons and because of high financial risks, according to the museum’s website.
On June 21, 2022, Titian’s “Portrait of a Young Woman” and Cariani’s “The Temptation” were returned to the museum – these are the last works from the museum’s collection, which were scheduled to be returned from an exhibition abroad.
ICAO doubts the safety of flights in Russia
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is part of the UN structure, expressed concerns about the safety of flights in Russia. The organization sees a problem in the fact that Russian aircraft are registered in the registers of different countries, writes RBC. The ICAO warned that if the Russian authorities do not resolve it by September 14, the country may receive the status of a country with aviation security problems. As a last resort, Russia can be excluded from ICAO.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation announced a DDoS attack on “Gosuslugi” from Ukraine
The Ministry of Digital Transformation reported a DDoS attack on the State Services website. The ministry claims that the attack comes from Ukraine.
– Attacks are carried out not only on the State Services portal, but also on a mobile application, a payment system, as well as life support systems for the Russian e-government infrastructure, the department said.
The European Parliament supported Ukraine’s obtaining the status of an EU candidate
The European Parliament adopted a resolution in support of granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for joining the European Union. This decision sends a clear signal to the European Council, it is expected that the final decision on this issue will be taken on the evening of 23 June. For further advancement the country will have to carry out serious reforms and de-oligarchization of the country.
The resolution also calls for a similar status to be granted to Georgia if the country’s government fulfills the specified conditions.
New UK sanctions
The UK has imposed another round of sanctions. It includes a ban on the supply of pounds and euros to Russia, aviation fuel, goods and technologies related to work at sea, as well as a ban on the provision of financial services.
The leaders of the G7 countries will increase pressure on Russia
According to Reuters, next week there will be a new package of sanctions from the G7 countries. A package of proposals to increase pressure on Russia is planned to be presented at the G7 summit to be held on June 26-28 in Munich, after which a summit of NATO leaders will be held in Madrid.
EU to review sanctions directives to avoid blockade of Kaliningrad
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union does not intend to impose a blockade of Kaliningrad, sanctions directives restricting transit will be revised. Lithuania, he said, has imposed restrictions on land transit between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russia, acting in accordance with EU sanctions, there is no talk of a blockade of Kaliningrad.
Lithuania banned Russia from transiting a number of goods to the Kaliningrad region on June 18. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lithuania’s actions are openly hostile. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov vowed to take action.