Nestlé accused of ‘war crimes’ by Ukrainian foreign minister over ongoing trade with Russia

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Food company Nestlé has been accused of being a ‘sponsor of Putin’s war’ after it refused to shut down its operations in Russia.

The Swiss company Nestlé manufactures well-known products for the Australian market, including Nescafé coffee, Milo cereals and KitKat and Allen lollipops.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, took aim at the company in a scathing tweet on Friday, saying the brand was enabling “Russia’s war of aggression in Europe to continue.”

“By refusing to stop business activities in Russia, Nestlé is allowing Russia’s war of aggression in Europe to continue,” Kuleba said.

“The long-term damage to the company’s reputation is commensurate with the scale of Russian war crimes in Ukraine (enormous). Not too late to change your mind, Nestlé.”

Nestlé told news.com.au it had halted some operations in Russia, but continued to export “essential foods” out of Russia, such as baby food, to neighboring countries and imported food. other essentials including baby food, cereals and some pet food in Russia. .

Kuleba’s tweet included a graphic suggesting that Nestlé misled consumers with a falsely sane narrative.

An image showed the Nestlé brand of a little girl sitting in front of fresh vegetables with her hands covering her face and the words “good food, good life” typed on it.

Kuleba described the first image as “Nestlé’s positioning” and attached a photo next to her of a bloodied little boy killed in the conflict which he said was his actual position.

He affixed the Nestlé logo to it and attached the words “sponsor of Putin’s war” in its center.

“As of March 17, Nestlé has not cut operations in Russia [and] continues to pay taxes in Russia, supporting the criminal war against Ukraine,” he wrote.

The company’s ongoing business has reportedly become “well known” around the world, with a growing campaign calling on people to “boycott Nestlé”.

In Russia, the company said it
In Russia, the company said it “continues to focus on meeting the needs of local people.” Photo/Getty Images

“Today it became well known that Nestlé refuses to leave the Russian market. They will continue to pay taxes there, supporting the murder of citizens in Ukraine,” the advocacy group Anonymous Operations tweeted.

“Don’t buy sponsor products to bully #BoycottNestle.”

In a statement, Nestlé said it “stands with the international community in calling for peace and the rapid restoration of security and stability in the region.”

He had donated products to food banks and charities to help Ukrainians.

In Russia, the company said it “continues to focus on meeting the needs of local people.”

It had halted all advertising in Russia and capital investment and suspended exports out of the country, except for baby food to Commonwealth of Independent States countries.

“We have suspended imports of our products into Russia (an example being Nespresso) with the exception of essential foods (including baby food, cereals, bespoke nutrition and therapeutic pet food for retailers specialists and veterinary clinics).

“We will continue to do everything possible to ensure a reliable supply of safe and essential food products for the local population.”

It came after Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal revealed in a tweet that he had spoken to Nestle CEO Mark Schneider, who he said had shown “no understanding” of his involvement in the crisis.

“I spoke to the CEO of Nestlé, Mr. Mark Schneider, about the side effects of staying in the Russian market. Unfortunately, he shows no understanding. Paying taxes from the budget of a terrorist country means killing children and helpless mothers,” Shmyhal said.

“I hope Nestlé changes its mind soon.”

Sanctions from countries around the world have been slapped on Russia, with pressure mounting on those who have yet to do the same.