The owners of two famous Yorkshire beverage brands are among the latest companies to stop trading in Russia in protest over its invasion of Ukraine.
Yorkshire Tea and Harrogate Spring Water have both suspended the exports of their world-famous products to the country.
It comes as a growing list of Western companies which have temporarily ceased operating in the country following the continuing military operation in Ukraine.
PayPal, Netflix, Microsoft and Spotify are among digital companies that have suspended their services in Russia.
Mcdonald’s, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola, who were among the first western companies to operate in Russia towards the end of the Soviet Union, have also announced they will temporarily halt business in the country.
A representative for Coca-Cola said: “Our hearts are with the people who are enduring unconscionable effects from these tragic events in Ukraine. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation as circumstances evolve.”
A spokesperson for Taylors of Harrogate, the owners of Yorkshire Tea, said: “Like everyone, we’ve been deeply shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and our thoughts are with all those impacted.
“Our Ethical Trade and Human Rights Policy state that our values guide how we work with suppliers, customers and distributors. It includes the provision that we will not trade with individuals, entities, regions or countries where UK sanctions have been applied.
“While Russia has been an export market for some of our teas for several years, as a result of the invasion and the subsequent sanctions we’ve suspended trade.”
A spokesperson for Harrogate Spring Water said the company had “made the decision to stop all exports to Russia with immediate effect” but declined to give any further detail.
A spokesperson for Harrogate Spring Water said: “Harrogate Spring Water has made the decision to stop all exports to Russia with immediate effect.”