Burger King’s Russian operator has refused to shut its 800 restaurants, according to the parent company.
It comes after Burger King’s owner Restaurant Brands International (RBI) last week announced it had withdrawn from Russia over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sky News reports that in in a letter to employees, David Shear, RBI’s president for international operations, highlighted the complications involved in trying to stop operations.
Shear said: “We contacted the main operator of the business and demanded the suspension of Burger King restaurant operations in Russia.
“He has refused to do so.”
There are “no legal clauses that allow us to unilaterally change the contract or allow any one of the partners to simply walk away or overturn the entire agreement,” he said.
“Would we like to suspend all Burger King operations immediately in Russia? Yes,” Mr Shear wrote in his letter.
“Are we able to enforce a suspension of operations today? No.”