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Intel, Airbnb join US tech freeze-out of Russia, Belarus

NEW YORK (AFP) – Intel and Airbnb announced they were pausing business in Russia and Belarus on Thursday, joining a United States (US) tech freeze-out of Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

The US and European allies have imposed tough sanctions on Russia over the attack, with major corporations across a range of industries following suit by freezing business in the country.

Apple has halted all product sales in Russia and limited the use of Apple Pay, while Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft have moved to curb the reach of Russian state-linked news outlets.

“Intel condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and we have suspended all shipments to customers in both Russia and Belarus,” the chipmaker said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war.”

Airbnb’s co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, who has added a Ukrainian flag to his Twitter profile, tweeted that the company “is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus”, without giving further details.

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks at an event

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