Burger King says its contracts with local partners block it from joining other big brands in quitting Russia over the Ukraine invasion
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Burger King won’t be able to join the exodus of Western corporations pulling out of Russia to make a public statement about the Ukraine crisis. The fast-food giant said its local partners want to keep its 800 restaurants open, and legal agreements don’t allow the chain to shut them down unilaterally.
“Would we like to suspend all Burger King operations immediately in Russia? Yes. Are we able to enforce a suspension of operations today? No,” David Shear, president of Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), told employees in a letter on Thursday.
Multinational corporations in the West have faced increasing public pressure, including boycott threats, to punish Moscow over its military offensive in Ukraine by shutting down their businesses in Russia. Burger King’s chief rival, McDonald’s, announced the closing of its Russian outlets last week. That same day, several other big names – including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Starbucks – followed suit.