Russia closes four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow

One of four temporarily closed McDonald's restaurants in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

Russia has ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over "sanitary violations".

The move comes amid rising US-Russian tensions over Ukraine.

Earlier this month the Kremlin imposed bans on Western food imports after it was hit by a fresh round of economic sanctions from the US and European Union.

One of the closed restaurants, on Moscow's central Pushkin Square, drew crowds of thousands when it first opened in 1990, becoming a symbol of openness with the West.