Starbucks Suspends Operations in Russia Over Invasion of Ukraine

Coffee chain Starbucks has suspended all operations in Russia in response to the nearly two-week-old Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson announced on March 8 the suspension of all business activity in Russia, including shipment of all Starbucks products.

Starbucks has 130 stores in Russia, which are wholly owned and operated by a licensed partner.

Starbucks will continue to support nearly 2,000 of its partners in Russia “who depend on Starbucks for their livelihood,” Johnson added.

“We condemn the horrific attacks on Ukraine by Russia and our hearts go out to all those affected,” Johnson further said, reiterating what he said in a previous statement.

The war has prompted a series of global economic sanctions and pushback from international business interests against Russia.

The announcement from Starbucks came after McDonald’s earlier said on March 8 that it was temporarily closing its all 847 of its stores in Russia after facing criticisms for remaining silent on the war.

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