Software giant Adobe announced today that it was deactivating all of the accounts belonging to Venezuelan costumers, citing White House sanctions against the country.
According to a statement posted on its website address to Venezuelan costumers, the company saw itself forced to deactivate all accounts in the country in order to comply with the White House Executive Order 13884, dated August 5 2019, which bans “almost all trade transactions and services” between U.S.-based companies and Venezuelan costumers.
The statement also points out that it will not be issuing any refunds to costumers in Venezuela, citing also the ban on trade as outlined in the Executive Order. According to Adobe, costumers in Venezuela will have until October 28 of this year to download any content on their Adobe account before it is deactivated.
Adobe is one of the most important software developers in the world, and makes some of the most widely-used programs on the planet, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Reader. The loss of Adobe in Venezuela will undoubtedly come as a blow to professionals everywhere, including journalists who use the products to create content for their publications.
Sputnik: Moscow Looking to Help Cuba During Sanctions
Sputnik reported today that the Russian government is ready to help Cuba navigate recent United States sanctions banning the delivery of Venezuelan oil to the island.
According to the website, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised interview over the weekend that Moscow would help Cuba receive oil shipments. However, when Medvedev was reminded by the interviewer that Cuba had requested that Moscow send warships to the Caribbean to escort oil ships to the island, the prime minister said:
It think we’re find other ways to help Cuba receive oil and its derivatives.
Medvedev also said that Havana and Moscow had been speaking about the issue, and that they had agreed to come up with a “working plan” to ensure that the island continues to receive oil shipments.
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