Russia Targets McDonald’s in Sanctions Retaliation

“Soon…you will pay McDonald Ronald, you will pay…” -Vladimir Putin (not really)

From cnbc.com:

“Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald’s restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.

Russia’s food safety watchdog said it was looking at possible breaches of sanitary rules at McDonald’s, but many in the business community said it was a reflection of the deterioration in relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country are fighting against government.

“Obviously, it’s driven by the political issues surrounding Ukraine,” said Alexis Rodzianko, president and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

“The question on my mind is: Is this going to be a knock on the door, or is this going to be the beginning of a campaign?”

Russia earlier this month slapped bans on Western food imports after Washington and Brussels imposed economic sanctions in response to Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its backing of the separatists.

Read more at source: www.cnbc.com/id/101937016

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