The operator of 800 Burger King stores in Russia has “refused” to shut them, the fast food chain’s owner says.
Restaurant Brands International said it had asked its local partner Alexander Kolobov to shut the shops following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“He has refused to do so,” president David Shear said in a letter to staff.
Mr Shear said the company was in the midst of unwinding its 15% stake in the business.
Burger King is among a small number of Western brands that are finding it difficult to leave the market because of “complicated” contracts.