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Apple has terminated its agreement with registered developers in Crimea in compliance with sanctions ordered last month by the U.S. and the EU against Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March last year.

As reported by TechCrunch, the move has been announced by the Cupertino-based company in an emailed notice of termination of its registered Apple developer (RAD) agreement with developers in the region:

"Apple May terminate your Status as Registered Apple Developer A at Any time at ITS Sole Discretion Under the RAD Agreement. The new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 and announced by the European Commission on December 18, 2014 prohibit the continuation of the RAD Agreement between you and Apple. For more information, please review Executive Order 13685 and the European Commission Notice".

Effective immediately, the termination blocks affected individuals’ access to Apple’s developer portal and ability to publish titles on the App Store, Mac App Store, and iBooks Store.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March following a local referendum on region's status. The move was declared as illegitimate by international community.

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