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  • The minister, a beneficiary of scholarship grants at University of Kiev in Ukraine, said holding talks to iron out differences is a better way of eliminating hostilities than use of military might.

Kenya has weighed in on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine by calling for peace even as Russia accused the United States of seeking to revive iron-curtain policies.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said Kenya respects territorial integrity of sovereign states and urges all other nations to do the same.

“Kenya and Ukraine hold similar views on multilateral matters such as world trade, climate change, security, and international peace.

“Kenya believes in the peaceful resolution and settlement of disputes and the respect of territorial integrity of sovereign states,” she said during a farewell luncheon for outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador to Kenya Volodymyr Butiaha.

“Kenya therefore remains hopeful that Ukraine and Russia will settle the ongoing dispute peacefully,” she added.

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The minister, a beneficiary of scholarship grants at University of Kiev in Ukraine, said holding talks to iron out differences is a better way of eliminating hostilities than use of military might.

Mr David Mutemi, Director of Foreign Service Administration at Foreign Affairs Ministry presented the speech by the CS.

Russian officials noted that the latest US sanctions would harm the country’s economy and said Moscow would retaliate but sought to maintain a facade of bravado, saying the measures would consolidate the country and improve production.

“The seriousness of these measures is obvious to us," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with online newspaper Gazeta.ru. “All of that is a blow to our high-tech enterprises and industries.”

“This is a revival of a system created in 1949 when Western countries essentially lowered an 'iron curtain' cutting off supplies of high-tech goods to the USSR and other countries. Today, in 2014, the United States is attempting to do the same.”

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