Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, we have received many questions and comments regarding our position and about how our services and procedures are affected. This page provides an overview of topics that may be of interest to our members and community.
Last updated: 25 January 2024
The RIPE NCC's official position in relation to the war comprises the following:
The RIPE NCC will only announce changes to its position or affiliation with external initiatives, campaigns or positions via the Chairman of its Executive Board or its Managing Director.
We continue to follow all our procedures in the same way as we did before the outbreak of war. We treat all members equally and the same requirements are made of all members in terms of due diligence checks. If we need to make any changes to our procedures, these will be clearly communicated to all members.
We have made clear to members in Ukraine that they do not risk having their accounts closed if they are unable to make payments on time or respond to administrative requests due to the ongoing conflict or sanctions imposed on financial institutions that make timely payment impossible.
We have received many suggestions for how we might change our processes or procedures in light of the war in Ukraine. We are investigating all proposals and will come back to members with our findings. If you are a RIPE NCC member and have suggestions, you should make them via the Membership Discussion mailing list where we will see them and other members can discuss your proposal.
Keeping our members and critical services operational under these circumstances is our main focus at the moment.
The RIPE NCC will at all times comply fully with EU sanctions. An article clarifying this in light of the current situation is available on RIPE Labs.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to us that IP resources are considered economic resources, as defined in the EU sanctions regulation, and must be frozen for sanctioned entities.
The RIPE NCC complies with this restriction by freezing the registration (not the use) of the Internet number resources in the RIPE Database. This means that sanctioned entities cannot acquire further resources or transfer resources. However, we do not deregister their resources or terminate their Standard Service Agreement (SSA) if they are RIPE NCC members.
All members are being invoiced as normal and should follow the payment process outlined in the Billing Procedure 2024. There is no automatic payment extension for members in Ukraine. However, if you need a payment extension due to the ongoing conflict, you can request one by filling out the Payment Extension Form.
Members can pay their invoices using the methods provided on our payments page. It should be noted that our invoices are on a yearly basis, although members can choose to pay in installments (please make sure to reference debtor and invoice numbers if you do this).
Our invoices state the Euro amount that is due. Payment in other currencies is accepted but we recommend not to do this as the bank converts to Euro at the current rate which can result in underpayment or overpayment.
We do not accept payment in crypto currencies. Major banks and payment facilitators do not yet accept these types of payments and the fluctuation in value of these currencies make them problematic. We will however investigate possibilities in this area.
If there are any changes to our billing procedure, they will be formally communicated to all members via the RIPE NCC Announce mailing list.
We continue to follow all our procedures in the same way as we did before the outbreak of war. We treat all members equally and the same requirements are made of all members in terms of due diligence.
Our position means that the information and data provided by the RIPE NCC can be trusted as authoritative and free from bias or political influence. We provide our data freely to the Internet community and others who carry out research on the Internet and how traffic is routed over it.
RIPE NCC technical analyses of the situation, as well as articles from members of the technical community, are available on RIPE Labs.
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