Russian news agency TASS recently reported that Coca-Cola would be continuing its operations in Russia. Several other international brands such as Apple have pulled out of the controversial nation after Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. It’s business as usual for Coke.

A representative from the company provided a statement to TASS. Coca-Cola at this time intends to continue providing products and services in the market. They say employee safety is their number one priority.

“All operational, production, and logistics facilities of Coca-Cola in Russia are working. We are fully responsible to partners, society, and thousands of our employees in Russia. Our top priority is the safety of our employees”

Social media users went crazy in the face of the news. The hashtag BoycottCocaCola began trending huge on the platform. There is now a worldwide push for consumers to try and pressure Coke into pulling out of Russia.

“I don’t drink fizzy soft drinks at all, but I’ve always enjoyed a coffee at #costacoffeeuk. But now I see that parent company @CocaCola intends to carry on business as usual in Russia, so I won’t be back. Photo is of @CocaCola brands, @SchweppesGB included. #BoycottCocaCola”

“So east to just not have these drinks #BoycottCocaCola – they a making a big mistake. Huge.”

“#BoycottCocaCola Since Coca-Cola is selling in Russia and its business tax is going to Putin’s attack on Ukraine. Don’t buy any of these products. Drink Pepsie or Irn-Bru instead.”

“For all those that don’t know @CocaCola is supporting another GENOCIDE #BoycottCocaCola ALL PRODUCTS”

We will have to wait and see if Coca-Cola responds to the outrage. Many found the fact that Coke is still doing business in Russia very surprising. The newly sparked public outrage could pressure them into changing their minds.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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