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Unilever is facing Ukrainian calls to leave Russia entirely

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Unilever and other international companies are under increasing pressure to leave Russia entirely following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kiev’s Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko singled out the British consumer goods company as he warned multinationals: “There is no place for responsible business” in Russia.

The London-headquartered company has suspended all imports and exports of its products from the country but continues to supply “essential” food and hygiene products manufactured within its borders.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Mr Prystaiko said: “You must retire immediately because the world is now painted in black and white or blood red and white and unfortunately there are no shades of that.



Very simple: peel off. You will find more business and more opportunities because people will respect what you have done as a company

Vadim Prystaiko

“Either you support the Russian Federation in what you are doing, or you remain on this side of the conflict.”

Unilever declined to comment but was understood not to reverse its decision to continue operations in Russia.

An exodus of companies like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola began in the weeks after the Russian president launched his invasion.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is urging companies like Unilever, Nestle and Mondelez to exit the Russian market entirely.

Mr Prystaiko said he had held talks with Unilever chief executive Alan Jope to get the company to pull out, saying: “He was receptive but I still want to see action.”

“There is no place for responsible business right now, because every single dollar you bring into the Russian economy can be used tomorrow to build more weapons and kill more Ukrainian children,” the ambassador said in his embassy in western Ukraine. London.

“I see that more and more companies are withdrawing. I’ve seen big companies like Unilever here, I’ve seen people protesting in front of their offices and I’ve even had a conversation with the CEO. I don’t want to go into details, but we tried to discuss that it’s time for big companies to pull out of Russia.”



We will continue to supply the people of the country with our Russian-made essential food and hygiene products. We will monitor this closely

Alan Jope, Unilever

When asked what his message to big business was, Mr Prystaiko said: “It’s very simple: back off. You will find more business and more opportunities because people will respect what you have done as a company.”

A statement by Mr Jope released on March 8 explained his decision to remain in Russia to some extent.

“We have suspended all imports and exports of our products to and from Russia and we will stop all media and advertising spending,” he said.

“We will not invest any further capital in the country nor will we benefit from our presence in Russia.

“We will continue to supply the people of the country with our Russian-made essential food and hygiene products. We will monitor this closely.”

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