Sony Group’s video game subsidiary, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), is suspending shipments to Russia and the PlayStation Store in light of events in Ukraine, CNBC reported.
“The Sony PlayStation division says it has suspended deliveries of all software and hardware to Russia. The PlayStation Store will also no longer be available in the country,” the channel said in a statement.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” For this, according to him, it is planned to carry out “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”, to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass.
In response, Western countries have imposed another anti-Russian sanctions since 2014. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said earlier, the Western sanctions are very serious, Russia was preparing for them in advance. He added that they require analysis and coordination of departments in order to develop response measures that meet the interests of the Russian Federation.