Russians will be able to purchase the new iPhone 14 despite the company leaving the market following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a government minister said on Thursday.
When asked whether Russian buyers will have the chance to purchase the new model, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told RIA Novosti:
"Why not. If consumers want to purchase these phones, please. There will be such an opportunity.”
A week following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Apple halted all product sales within the country. However, this didn’t stop the company’s goods from entering the market via Russia’s scheme, which allowed retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner's permission.
However, these goods – including electronics – enter Russia with a 20% price increase in comparison to pre-invasion times.
Russian mobile network MTS, for example, is already offering iPhone 14 on pre-order starting from 84,990 roubles ($1,398) for the 128GB version, according to Reuters. However, it warns the customers that delivery might take up to 120 days or be canceled altogether in case of importing difficulties.
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