A woman sits a table of a closed McDonald"s restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014
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Russia widens McDonald's food safety checks amid US tension

21 August 2014 Last updated at 13:04 BST

Russia's food safety watchdog has temporarily shut four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow and announced unscheduled checks on a number of other branches.

The actions come amid rising tensions and sanctions between Russia and the West over the crisis in the Ukraine.

However, the watchdog has denied any political motivation to its actions.

Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.