Russia flags Kenya’s statement blaming it on the high cost of living and high fuel prices in the country.
On June, 22, government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna in a story covered by Citizen Digital, blamed the war in Ukraine for the high cost of living in Kenya.
While touring Rivatex in Eldoret on Tuesday, June 21, Oguna stated that the war in Ukraine and Russia had partly affected the prices of commodities in the country.
He however assured Kenyans that the country is trying to implement other strategies to shield them from economic hardship.
“It is true that the cost of living has gone high. But it is not the government’s wish. We have to understand there are external factors contributing to this. For instance, The war between Russia and Ukraine is affecting us in one way or the other. The price of fuel has gone high because where the fuel is coming from the prices have also gone high,” Oguna remarked.
However, Russia flagged Kenya’s statement by Cyrus Oguna as erroneous.
The Russian Embassy blamed policies and sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union for the increase in prices of basic commodities in Kenya and other countries.
“The Western narrative that all the global, food, energy (fuel), and financial crises are because of the events in Ukraine is fundamentally erroneous,” their statement read in part.
“The root causes of all these problems are totally inept, unprofessional and irresponsible financial and economic policies of US, EU, and the like over a long period of time, as well as their illegal unilateral sanctions that disrupt and distort global markets.”
Meanwhile, this is not the first time Russian Embassy is correcting statements made by Kenyan leaders.
In March, it responded to comments made by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena over the sharp increase in the cost of living.
Russian Ambassador to Kenya, Dmitry Maksimychev stated that Kenya should not blame Russia for the influx in the cost of goods but for the US and the European Union, and countries allied to Ukraine.