Several big companies have so far remained silent on whether they will cut ties with Russia, with McDonald’s and PepsiCo being urged to continue trading in the country
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Several UK supermarkets have also taken a stand, including Morrisons and Co-Op, both of which have confirmed that they will stop selling Russian Standard vodka.
Energy giants have also made statements this week, including British Gas, bp and Shell, which terminated all supply contracts with Russia.
But several big companies have so far remained silent on whether they will also cut ties with Russia, with McDonald’s and PepsiCo being urged to continue trading in the country.
The head of New York State’s pension fund said Thursday that McDonald’s and other companies with a large presence in Russia “need to consider whether doing business in Russia is worth the risk during this exceptionally volatile time.”
McDonald’s, which has more than 850 restaurants in Russia, has also received calls from social media users Twitter.
They posted photos of open stores and accused the chain of treating the store as “normal”.
One person said: “Guess who is doing business as usual in #Russia, no surprise #BoycottMcDonalds”
Another said: “Boycott @McDonalds still feeding Russia. #MC Donalds”
A third tweeted: “@McDonalds Leave #Russia or lose loyal customers, the choice is yours. #BoycottMcDonalds”
The Mirror has reached out to McDonald’s for comment and we’ll update this story when we receive a response.
Last week, the fast-food giant announced it would be donating food to local authorities in Ukraine for distribution to those in need.
The food donation includes products that do not need to be cooked, such as water, vegetables, fruit, eggs, rolls and salads.
Other grocery chains also still trading in Russia are KFC, Burger King and Starbucks.
One Twitter user commented: “@McDonalds @BurgerKing @kfc still operates carefree in Russia while other companies say profit isn’t worth a class. Won’t be eating there for a while! #IStandWithUkraine #Ukraine”
It comes after Russian troops launched a devastating invasion of Ukraine last Thursday.
More than a million people have fled Ukraine since the conflict broke out, and thousands of civilians are said to have been killed.
Russian forces have so far taken control of Kherson in the south, the first major city to fall, while the capital, Kyiv, remains under state control.
Other companies that have severed ties with Russia for the time being include IKEAwhich yesterday said it would close all of its retail outlets, affecting around 15,000 workers in 14 stores.
The football association has suspended all games against Russia because of the war in Ukraine, while Fifa has suspended them Russia stripped of the right to host matches.
And well-known CompareTheMarket ads featuring meerkats with a Russian accent are running pulled from TV news programs because of the war.
The commercials, which star fictional wealthy Russian meerkat Aleksandr Orlov and a number of supporting characters, have been running since 2009.
Finally, Visa and MasterCard have both banned a number of Russian financial institutions from their networks, dealing another major blow to the country’s economy.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/mcdonalds-under-fire-failing-boycott-26384122 McDonald's is under pressure for not boycotting Russia as the war in Ukraine escalates