Russia’s Putin Congratulates Ruto on being Elected President


Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has congratulated William Ruto on being announced Kenya’s President-elect.

In a statement made on Thursday, August 18, Putin through the Russian Embassy in Nairobi applauded the decision made by Kenyans through the ballot.

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Putin sent his felicitation ahead of President Uhuru Kenya, who is yet to congratulate his former Deputy.

“The Embassy of the Russian Federation has the honor to congratulate His Excellency Dr.William Ruto upon his announcement of him being elected as the President of Kenya,” the statement read in part.

Ambassador Dmitry Maksimychev, expressed hope that Ruto’s victory will enable continuity to the existing diplomatic relations between Kenya and Russia, and enhance it as well.

“The Embassy of Russia is looking forward to continuing and further developing comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation with Kenya,

“We are confident that the friendly relations between our two countries and peoples will be reinvigorated and further strengthened,” the statement read in part.

Russia’s message was received amid tension between Moscow and Nairobi after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government pointed a finger at Putin over the rise in the cost of living.

In other statements, Kanze Dena the State House spokesperson and Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine causing the spike in fuel prices on the global market.

However, the Russian Ambassador threw back a fiery ball, claiming that the surge in fuel prices is as a result of the sanctions imposed on Russia by countries allied to Ukraine.

“The Russian Embassy 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 statement read in part.

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The statement comes in days after the American Embassy in Nairobi issued a statement on the Kenyan election.

“The United States and Kenya share a strong partnership; we work together to improve healthcare, promote peace and security, advance human rights and strengthen our economies.

“We look forward to continuing to enhance our partnership with the government and the people of Kenya,” the US Embassy noted

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