Marriott International released a statement confirming the closure of its Moscow office. The global hospitality giant will also abide by sanctions imposed on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine and provide $1 million for humanitarian aid.
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The statement reads in full as follows:
“We are deeply saddened by the horrific violence affecting the Ukrainian people. We have supported and will continue to support humanitarian efforts through humanitarian organizations, our network of global partners, and our own operations, including hosting refugees at Marriott properties in neighboring countries. We support all of our associates who are affected by the war in Ukraine and have allocated $1,000,000 to our associate relief fund to support them during this tragic time.
“We have taken the decision, with immediate effect, to close our head office in Moscow and to suspend the opening of future hotels as well as all future hotel developments and investments in Russia. We are closely monitoring the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, Russia and neighboring countries, and remain in regular contact with our teams on the ground, as we strive to comply with sanctions and applicable laws.Our hotels in Russia are owned by third parties and we continue assess the ability of these hotels to remain open.
“We deplore the loss of life, the widespread impact on millions of innocent civilians and the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. We strongly support those who work for peace and an end to unnecessary suffering. »
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