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Coca-Cola suspends business activities in Russia following Republican pressure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Republican pressure, Coca-Cola suspended selling its products and operating its 10 bottling plants in Russia in response to Putin’s war crimes in Ukraine.

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) applauded this move, which he called for in his letter urging them to join dozens of their international corporate colleagues in standing up for Ukraine.

“I am glad that Coca-Cola is ending their business dealings in Russia. It’s never too late to do the right thing. America proudly stands with Ukraine in their fight for freedom," said Carter. 

In the letter to Coca-Cola’s CEO, Carter wrote, “[T]he war in Ukraine is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. According to the United Nations, 2 million refugees have already fled Ukraine. Casualties, especially of innocent civilians, are rising by the day. At last count, 364 Ukrainians have died and at least 759 have been injured. Furthermore, this tragedy is unfolding before our very eyes on every news channel. We are watching the destruction of a nation in real time.”

Reps. Austin Scott (R-GA), Jody Hice (R-GA), and Drew Ferguson (R-GA) signed the letter, joining Rep. Carter in requesting that Coca-Cola “suspend operations” and “sales of [its products]” in Russia.

Read the full text of the letter here