NBA player opens Hooters in Russia

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NEW YORK, NY – Politics and food may have more in common than you think.

All the tensions between the U.S. and Russia cause some Russian politicians to try to kick McDonald’s out of their country.

McDonald’s temporarily shut down three of their restaurants in Crimea, an area annexed by Russia.

However, American restaurant chain, Hooters, is flying into Russia and making its first landing in Moscow.

NBA player Andrei Kirilenko is a native Russian who plays for the Brooklyn Nets. Known on the court as ‘AK-47’, he’s putting his money where his mouth is by opening five Hooters restaurants in Russia.

Kirilenko says, “I think it’s more politics rather than people; I don’t think we want to be like enemies.”

No word how long he’ll have to wing it until Russian politicians get involved, but Kirilenko hopes the restaurants success will be a slam dunk, politics or not.