Ukraine crisis: Qualcomm stops selling products to Russian companies

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Chipmaker Qualcomm said Wednesday it stopped selling its products to Russian companies in accordance with US-imposed sanctions after Moscow invaded Ukraine.

The company’s action was announced by its Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Nate Tibbits, in a tweet in response to a comment from Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.

Fedorov urged Tibbits to stop shipments to Russia, saying Qualcomm products are still available in Russia and it “inadvertently allows that country to kill thousands of Ukrainians.”

In reply, Tibbits said, “That is wrong. Qualcomm has called for a peaceful solution to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, making direct donations to charities and doubling employee contributions.”

“We comply with US sanctions and laws and do not sell products to Russian companies,” he said.

Fedorov thanked them for the move and went on to suggest that the chipmaker could send its satellite phones to Ukrainian rescuers if it wanted to help.

While the invasion has drawn the wrath of Western nations and caused several US companies to suspend operations in Russia, the country has described its actions in Ukraine as a “special operation”.

Revenue from Russia and Ukraine accounts for less than 1 percent of total sales, Qualcomm said at its shareholder meeting earlier this month.

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