January 7, 2016
Translated by Kristina Rus
Crimea: Coca-Cola can follow McDonald's
Residents of Crimea will not grieve if Coca-Cola will follow McDonald's and gets out the peninsula, as it is publicly insisting on its Ukrainian status, said the governor of Sevastopol Sergey Meniailo.
According to him, the Crimean consumer will be content with the disappearance of Coca-Cola products from the shelves.
"We remember how after Crimea's unification with Russia McDonald's left Sevastopol. Its place was not empty for long. Came the Russian manufacturer, and nobody was really upset. The Coca-Cola company can stop selling their products on the peninsula. We can easily find a replacement," — said Menyailo.
This was his reaction to the formal apologies by Coca-Cola for the publication of the map of Russia with Crimea, for which a representative of Coca-Cola apologized today at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
Earlier, several deputies of Verkhovna Rada initiated a boycott of Coca-Cola products in Ukraine. "As for the statements of Ukrainian politicians, if they believe it is their achievement then I am genuinely sorry for their constituents. At the time, when the population suffers from unaffordable utility bills and inflation — 'the servants of the Ukrainian people' are chasing the management of Coca-Cola with a globe demanding to pin the Ukrainian flag on Crimea," — said Menyailo.