President William Ruto has called for a peaceful resolution of the Russia-Ukraine conflict at a meeting with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Head of State affirmed that the resolution of the conflict is a priority for the world and essential to advancing the shared prosperity of all humanity.
”Kenya advocates for a peaceful resolution of the Russia-Ukraine conflict to restore stability, alleviate the suffering of the people and stop destruction of property,” he said.
Both parties also discussed preparations for the Global Peace Summit at the level of state leaders.
Specific steps were discussed to establish a grain hub at the Port of Mombasa. The presidents emphasized the importance of a stable supply of Ukrainian agricultural products to the region.
Zelensky informed Ruto about the functioning of an alternative route for the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea, as well as the work on creating other export routes.
The two leaders also discussed security cooperation between Ukraine and Kenya.
Zelenskyy also invited President Ruto to visit Kyiv.
”Thank you for supporting our people and our country. I would like to invite you and your team to visit Ukraine at your convenience. We have many topics to discuss. Support in such a difficult time of war is important to us. We need to be strong and hear your voices of support,” he said.
Ukraine is one of the world’s biggest producers of grain such as sunflower oil, barley, maize, and wheat.
Following the February 2022 invasion by Russia, the enemy navy blockaded Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, trapping 20 million tonnes of grain that were meant for export.