July 17, 2024

Russia Responds to Kenya After Kaze Dena interviews, Says it Nothing to Do With Rising Cost of Living in Kenya, Africa

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Russia has responded to Kenya after Kaze Dena’s interview saying it has nothing to do with the rising cost of living in Kenya, Africa, blames U.S., EU sanctions

The Russian Embassy in Kenya dismissed reports that the country’s invasion of Ukraine is to blame for the high cost of living in the continent.

The Embassy tweeted Wednesday, in response to remarks by Kenya’s State House Spokeswoman Kanze Dena that fuel prices in the country were triggered by the crisis with Ukraine.

“Russian Embassy in Kenya would like to point out to our Kenyan friends and partners that the real cause of the increase in prices in Africa is not Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, but the illegal unilateral “sanctions” imposed by the US, EU and their followers on Russia,” the Embassy tweeted.

Fuel prices shot up by Sh5 on Monday, in what was blamed on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Under the new prices, Super Petrol and Diesel will retail at Sh134.72 and Sh115.60 per litre respectively. Kerosene will remain unchanged at Sh103.54.

It is the first increase since November 2021, in what sources said is linked to the crisis between Ukraine and Russia.

The Russian Embassy statement follows remarks by Dena that the rising cost of living is not exclusive to Kenya is a global phenomenon fueled by numerous external factors, among them the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

Kanze Dena said the rising cost of living is a global phenomenon and not just a Kenyan issue.

Speaking to Radio Kaya on Tuesday morning, she said that the issue is fueled by numerous external forces.

“The rising cost of living is not exclusive to Kenya, it is a global phenomenon fueled by numerous external factors among them the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war which has led to a rise in the global price of petroleum, which is a key factor of production,” she said.

President Vladimir Putin’s government and his allies have increasingly come under heavy pressure from the global communities after Russian troops launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24.

Kenyans took to social media last month to protest soaring food and grocery prices.

Netizens lamented the rise in costs of basic food commodities such as sifting maize flour, bread, vegetables, and fruits using the hashtag Lower Food Prices.

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