McDonald’s has suspended work at its restaurants in Crimea, the U.S. fast food chain said, after tensions between Russia and the West.
‘Beyond our control’
McDonald’s is one of the international companies to close operations on the peninsula annexed by Russia after ongoing diplomatic tensions.
“Due to operational reasons beyond our control, McDonald’s has taken the decision to temporarily close our three restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta,” McDonald’s explained in a statement.
Crimea’s unification with Russia has worried companies in the peninsula, as it’s unclear how the change may impact their businesses.
Support to staffs
McDonald’s assure that it would try to provide support to all its employees. So far, it offered to relocate employees who wanted to move to mainland Ukraine.
The company hopes to resume work to its restaurants as soon as the issues were fixed.
“The company has provided an opportunity to all employees … preserving their positions, salaries and fees and paying to relocate employees and their families,” it said in a statement.