New iPhone will be sold in Russia: trade minister

STORY: Russians will be able buy the new Apple iPhone 14.

That's according to a senior government official Thursday (September 8).

The U.S. tech giant left the country earlier this year after the invasion of Ukraine.

But Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said Moscow's parallel import scheme meant iPhones would still be available.

Russia announced the scheme in March when it allowed retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner's permission.

Local mobile network MTS said Thursday it was already selling the new iPhone 14 models on pre-order.

Prices start at just under $1,400 for the 128GB version.

MTS said delivery could take up to 120 days and it held the right to cancel orders if importing the product proved challenging.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

The company stopped new product sales in Russia in March.

But the iPhone, MacBook and other Apple goods have been available in Russia stores as retailers sell down their remaining stock of old models.

Some have got hold of new devices through the import scheme.