(QHA) -

A senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker has suggested U.S. food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's should stop selling their products in Russia.

Aleksei Pushkov, chairman of the International Affairs Committee in the State Duma, the lower parliament house, made the remarks on Twitter on March 5.

Pushkov wrote, "Don't McDonald's and Coca-Cola want to support [U.S. President Barack] Obama's sanctions and rid us of their products?"

"They would be true to principles and we would be healthier," he added.

The United States and European Union have imposed have imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and companies over Moscow's interference in Ukraine.

Part of Russia's response has been a ban on many Western food imports.
McDonald's and Coca-Cola have been popular in Russia for years.

McDonald's Corp. has close its three restaurants in Crimea, following the region’s unification with Russia, saying it made the decision as a result of "the suspension of necessary financial and banking services," which it didn't elaborate on.

Twitter, a social-media site Pushkov has frequently used to criticize the United States, is based in the United States.