The agency has not officially announced its withdrawal from Russia. However, according to reporters, its representatives have stopped responding to requests for supplies to the Russian Federation.
Huawei, the Chinese maker of electronic devices, has begun closing its official stores across Russia. Four of the 19 official retail outlets have already closed. This trend will continue next month. This was reported by RIA Novosti, citing sources close to the company.
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A store located in the Moscow shopping center “Riviera” was the first to close, it happened on 28 February. Subsequently, stores in the regional centers – Novokuznetsk, Ufa and Rostov-on-Don were closed. Sources said that there are several reasons behind this. In particular, the lack of products in warehouses and declining demand for mobile devices among consumers.
“Huawei is likely to close its stores in the coming months,” the source said
Huawei has not officially announced that it is leaving Russia, but, according to the Commerce, Huawei’s representatives have stopped responding to the distribution request in the Russian Federation, and the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Media has suggested that if the agreements do not work, Huawei could be sued.
Earlier, it was reported that Huawei had stopped supplying telecommunications equipment to the Russian Federation. Russian officials have called on telecom operators, MegaFon, MTS, Rostelecom, Vimpelcom and Tele2, to put pressure on the company and force it to meet its obligations under the agreement. If the Russians do not get telecom equipment, there will be big problems with communication in the country.