On Thursday, September 8, Ukraine’s President Vlodomyr Zelensky congratulated Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto on his win in the recently completed general election.
Zelensky expressed his satisfaction with Ruto’s victory and reaffirmed Ukraine’s commitment to working closely with Kenya on issues of mutual concern.
In response to concerns about the rising price of wheat, the Ukrainian specifically stated that his country would ensure Africa’s food security.
In addition, he stressed the significance of Kenya’s position on the UN Security Council.
“Had the 1st conversation in the history of bilateral relations with the newly elected president, William Ruto,” read the statement.
“Congratulated him on his victory and thanked Kenya as a UNSC member for its support in international organizations. Ukraine will continue to be the guarantor of Africa’s food security.”
Because Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s top exporters of wheat, the conflict between the two has had an impact on Kenya and Africa as a whole since it started in February.
Transportation of wheat was hindered by the hostilities between the two countries, which raised costs.
He agreed that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine was partly to blame for the lack of grains, but he insisted that his government would not back either side.
“I would encourage that instead of finger-pointing and blame game as to who is responsible for what, we should sort out collectively as the international community the conflict in Ukraine so that whether that conflict that is responsible for the shortage of grain, we put it behind us,” Ruto stated.
“I would be part of the leadership that will work with other partners in the international community for the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine,” he added