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Life Without Softdrinks: Coke and Pepsi Suspend Russia Operations

More sanctions coming due to the invasion of Ukraine.
by Agence France Presse
Mar 9, 2022
In this file photo taken on Feb. 10, 2022, bottles of Coca Cola products are displayed in a cooler at Colonial Liquors in Corte Madera, California.
Photo/s: JUSTIN SULLIVAN, Getty Images North America via Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK -- Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are suspending business in Russia, the soft drink giants said Tuesday, as corporations and Western governments penalize Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's attack on its neighbor has drawn unprecedented sanctions and international condemnation that has piled up as the military offensive has taken a growing toll on Ukraine.

"Our hearts are with the people who are enduring unconscionable effects from these tragic events in Ukraine," Coca-Cola said in a statement announcing that it was "suspending its business in Russia." 


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Companies from Apple to Visa earlier announced curtailed or suspended operations in Russia since the attack began last month.

"Given the horrific events occurring in Ukraine we are announcing the suspension of the sale of Pepsi-Cola, and our global beverage brands in Russia, including 7Up and Mirinda," PepsiCo said in a statement.

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