Tensions between Russia and Danish brewing giant Carlsberg have escalated. Carlsberg CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen recently accused Russia of stealing the company's business operations in the country.
Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and current Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council, responded by mocking the Danish executive.
Medvedev took to his Telegram profile to express his disbelief at the Danish company's audacity.
"They abandoned everything in Russia for political reasons and failed to fulfill their obligations to Russian entrepreneurs. And they think we would just let them be?" he wrote according to Reuters.
Medvedev further criticized the West for imposing sanctions and sending weapons to Ukraine while expecting Russia to not touch their properties.
Since the Russian government took control of Carlsberg's Russian activities, the brewing company has been trying to negotiate a fair settlement. All attempts have been in vain, leading Carlsberg to write off the value of its Russian subsidiary to zero.
"They have stolen our business in Russia, and we won't help them legitimize it," said Aarup-Andersen.
The brewing company has also terminated its license agreement with the Russian firm, making it illegal for them to produce Carlsberg beer and other trademarks from April onwards.