Amazon Web Services Blocks New Sign-Ups From Russia and Belarus

Amazon has quietly stopped allowing customers in Russia and Belarus to open new cloud computing accounts.

According to an internal communication seen by The New York Times, the change in policy for Amazon’s web services began over the weekend, but was not announced to the public until Tuesday.

“Given the current developments and the uncertainty and lack of financing currently available in Russia, we are not accepting new Russian AWS customers at the moment,” Drew Hardener, the top company, said in a statement.

AWS does not have a data center or office in Russia, and says its biggest customers are multinational companies with local development teams.

A number of multinational corporations have reduced their presence in Russia. McDonald’s said Tuesday it was temporarily closing about 850 of its restaurants, and that oil companies were under pressure to stop buying Russian oil just before President Biden would ban energy imports from the country.

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