Friday 13 December 2019

Russian MP not lovin' McDonald's

Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Roland Oliphant and Tony Paterson

American fast-food chains have become the latest front in the diplomatic crisis over Ukraine after a firebrand Russian MP called for every McDonald's restaurant in the country to be closed.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic party, said his members would picket McDonald's branches and seek to get all 400 outlets closed in response to what he called an attempt to "punish" Russia for the annexation of Crimea.

The dispute emerged after McDonald's said it was temporarily closing its three outlets in Crimea. The company, which has restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta, said that it would be closing them temporarily for "manufacturing reasons" beyond its control. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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