The French food company Danone announced the suspension of investment projects in Russia. This decision will not affect the production and distribution of food products. This announcement appeared on the official website manufacturer on Sunday, March 6th.
“We are following developments in real time and, of course, we will follow the instructions of the French administration, with which we remain closely connected,” the statement said.
In addition, the company made a charitable contribution of €500,000 to the International Red Cross, with which it cooperates to support those in need in Ukraine, and also announced that it would send donations from employees to the fund.
On the same day, the Finnish food manufacturer Fazer announced the suspension of activities in Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Previously, Fazer suspended the export of its confectionery, cereals and bakery products from Finland to Russia and, in addition, stopped all investments.
On March 5, the press service of Metro Cash & Carry stated that they did not plan to leave Russia, the stores were operating as usual.
Earlier that day, French President Emmanuel Macron received about 15 executives from companies operating in Russia at the Elysee Palace. He urged not to rush to conclusions against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine and to consider the option of only suspending the work of enterprises.
Also on March 5, Heineken decided to suspend beer exports to Russia. At the same time, all Russian plants, operational and commercial divisions of the company continue to operate as usual, which is facilitated by a high level of localization of production, purchases of raw materials and materials.
The day before, the German concern Henkel AG, one of the world leaders in the production of household chemicals, announced the termination of all investments in Russia due to the situation around Ukraine. The company assured that they will continue to supply their products to Russia, such as household goods and personal care products.
Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass on February 24. As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified at the time, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people. The Russian side also emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out only on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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