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Burger King halts corporate support for its 800-plus franchised locations in Russia

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An employee of Burger King restaurant, prepares an order with Coca-Cola in Moscow, Russia January 21, 2010.
Denis Sinyakov | Reuters

Burger King announced Thursday it has halted corporate support for its 800-plus franchised restaurants in Russia.

The Restaurant Brands International chain said it will refuse approvals for any investment or expansion. The suspension also includes pausing operations, marketing and its supply chain.

Burger King’s announcement comes after a flurry of other U.S. fast-food chains — including its rival McDonald’s — suspended their corporate support to their Russian locations earlier this week as Putin’s forces continued attacks on Ukraine.

McDonald’s has the largest exposure to Russia since the majority of its restaurants there are owned by the company.

Restaurant Brands had previously committed to redirect any profits from Russian franchised locations to humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.

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