(QHA) -

Russian chains may replace the three McDonald's restaurants whose operation in Crimea has been suspended by the company, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said.

“There are a lot of fast-food chains in Russian, so they can easily take the vacant niche” – he noted.

McDonald's has suspended work at its restaurants in Crimea for "manufacturing reasons".

The leader of Russia's ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, follows the McDonald's closure in Crimea by saying "the closure of McDonald’s restaurants in Crimea is a good thing. They should get out of the country ... as soon as possible” – he said.

QHA