NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Apple(AAPL) - Get Report were edging higher in pre-market trading on Tuesday as the tech company released its Apple Pay service in Russia.

The Apple Pay push into Russia continues the Cupertino, CA-based company's worldwide rollout of the service. Apple Pay is now in 10 countries since its first launch in 2014, CNBC reports.

Russian Sberbank (SBRCY) customers who hold MasterCard (MA) credit cards will be the first in the country to be able to use the payment service.

The initial retailers accepting the service in Russia include BP (BP), electronics retailer Media Markt and supermarket chain Atak, CNBC noted. Fast-food chain Burger King, which is owned by Restaurant Brands (QSR), will also soon accept the service.

Earlier this year, Apple CEO Time Cook said the service is gaining traction in the U.S. It accounts for three of the four of contactless service payments in the U.S., CNBC added.

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