A member of the Finance Committee in Parliament, Stephen Amoah, has stated that Russia’s attempts to dissociate itself from the current economic challenges in Ghana is only a move to protect its reputation.
He said it is undeniable that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated global economic difficulties, a situation that has caused hikes in general goods and services in Ghana.
The Nyieso MP was reacting to a statement by the Russian Embassy, which attributed the current hardship to the high demand and rising prices of food, raw materials and transportation services as part of the post-Covid-19 recovery.
It argued that difficulties in economies started before the invasion of Ukraine because there has been a steady trend of happenings on the global stage in the last two years.
But in defence of government’s stance, the NPP MP said the move by Russia is only meant to save face.
“There is this ongoing IMF forum in Washington, and member countries have had the opportunity to speak on their countries’ economies, I mean their sovereignties, and all of them are attributing the challenges they are having today to too many factors.
“One, the Covid; two, the war in Ukraine, and I think the authorities from Russia are aware of all these facts and these assertions or claims.
“Of course, they have their prerogatives or exclusive rights to manage the reputations of their sovereignty or their country,” he told JoyNews in an interview.
The Nhyiaeso lawmaker noted that “diplomatically, they wouldn’t want to associate anything untoward or going on against the war with or to their war – they wouldn’t want to see that.”
Inasmuch as any country would have defended its reputation, Mr Amoah stressed that “the facts remain untouched” and that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had significant impacts on countries across the world.