Kenya and Russia to boost trade relations

President William Ruto with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov at State House on Monday./COURTESY

Kenya will sign a trade pact with Russia to deepen relations between the two countries.

While hosting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at State House in Nairobi, President William Ruto said trade between the two countries was still low despite the vast potential.

The two leaders agreed on the need to reform the United Nations Security Council to make it more representative and more responsive to the needs of the 21st Century.

President Ruto said Africa should be represented at the Security Council, the UN’s top decision-making organ.

“The continent can bring to the table rich ideas, suggestions, and experiences that would serve the globe well,” he explained.

The President observed that Kenya and Africa count on friends like Russia in the creation of a new architecture at the Council.

Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Others are the United States, United Kingdom, France and China.

The Security Council also has 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms.

On the raging Russia-Ukraine War, President Ruto reiterated Kenya’s steadfast position on respect for territorial integrity of member States as outlined in the UN Charter.

“Kenya calls for a resolution of the conflict in a manner respectful to the two parties,” he said.

Mr Lavrov praised the 60 years’ friendship between his country and Kenya, saying Russia’s relationship with the continent has a new momentum after the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit.

He said science cooperation between the two countries has been growing.

Mr Lavrov was in Nairobi on his way to a meeting of the BRICs Ministers of Foreign and International Relations in Cape Town, South Africa.