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McDonald's Closes Crimea Locations

The fast food chain didn't specifically cite Russia's recent annexation of the region as the motive behind the closings.

McDonald's Closes Crimea Locations
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One of the world's largest fast food chains is closing its doors in Crimea.

 "McDonald's has decided to temporarily close its restaurants in Crimea. It did not mention the ongoing tension in the area, instead citing operational concerns beyond its control." (Via Fox News)

​"The fast food chain operates three restaurants in the peninsula, which was recently annexed by Russia." (Via CNBC)

"Putin said it's good to hear even I don't have weapon as destructive as McRib. You will be loving it!" (Via NBC

​​McDonald's Ukrainian website posted a statement saying, "Due to manufacturing reasons independent of McDonald's, activity facilities located in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta were suspended." (Via McDonald's)

In its statement, the fast food chain made no mention of Russia's annexation of the peninsula and the heightened tensions in the region. 

But is the second major company within a week to take its business out of Crimea. Deutsche Post, the world's largest courier, announced Thursday it will no longer deliver letters to Crimea. (Via Deutsche Post DHL)

McDonald's added it's providing its now jobless former employees with the opportunity to receive the same position and salary at a McDonald's location in Ukraine. The company would also pay for relocation fees and three months of rent. (Via Bloomberg News

But at least one Crimean politician doesn't seem to concerned. The Washington Post quotes Crimea's economic development minister who said: "We don't need businessmen who do not want to be friends with Crimea." 

The leader of a Russian nationalist party has called for a boycott of McDonald's and says he hopes the company leaves his country. McDonald's operates more than 400 restaurants in Russia.