Continuation or resumption of business relations with russia is its support in the war against Ukraine.

Transparency International Ukraine urges governments of all countries and international companies to terminate all business relations in and with russia. In the current war, cooperation, and especially the restoration of economic ties, with the occupying country means its support.

Despite the fact that most countries around the world have imposed sanctions against russia, its officials and businessmen, Georgia, on the contrary — has resumed exports of dairy products to russia. The move sparked mass protests demanding the resignation of the government in the country.

“Any business in and out of russia should be seen as supporting its military aggression against Ukraine. Democratic countries and conscious businesses cannot work with a country that brazenly violates international law, commits war crimes, and has waged an open war of aggression against Ukraine,” said Andrii Borovyk, executive director of TI Ukraine.

Similarly, some large international companies, mainly food companies, supermarket chains, and household cleaning products, are continuing their relations with russia. This list includes Nestle, Unilever, P&G, Danone, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mondelez, McDonald’s, Auchan, Metro.

Today, leaving russia is not just about supporting Ukraine. First of all, it is a way to show that the company shares universal values and puts life first. Those who stay — directly fund the killings of civilians in Ukraine.

We call on all governments and companies to cut economic ties with the occupying country!

Any business in and out of russia should be seen as supporting its military aggression against Ukraine. Democratic countries and conscious businesses cannot work with a country that brazenly violates international law, commits war crimes, and has waged an open war of aggression against Ukraine.

Andrii Borovyk