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Burger King says it will open restaurants in Crimea, following McDonald’s decision to suspended activities and close its three restaurants on the peninsula, RT reports.

"We plan to enter the Crimean market, but I find difficult to answer when it will occur," ITAR-TASS quotes Dmitry Medovy, the CEO of Burger King Russia.

The fast food chain was established in 1954 in the US, and globally in 2012 it was ranked fifth in terms of total sales ($8.6 billion). In terms of number of restaurants, and burgers served it’s the world’s second largest behind McDonald’s.

McDonald's has suspended work at its restaurants in Crimea for "manufacturing reasons" on April 3.

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