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Russian Foreign Minister Arrives in Uganda, Seeking Allies

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According to the Presidential Press Secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, Lavrov who is on his African tour, will hold a bilateral meeting with President Museveni and a government delegation.

Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Uganda were established way back in October 1962.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Jean-Claude Gakosso, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, meet in the town of Oyo on July 25, 2022. The appearance is part of Lavrov’s tour of Africa to strengthen ties with countries on the continent.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived Monday in Uganda, the third stop on an African tour to strengthen ties with the continent and seek support against Western pressure over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Lavrov was greeted in Entebbe by his Ugandan counterpart, Jeje Odongo, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

The top Russian diplomat is scheduled to hold talks on Tuesday with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, according to the Russian Tass news agency.

Uganda is one of several countries in East Africa that is suffering from food shortages following a severe drought. Rising inflation fueled by the war in Ukraine has further stressed food supplies in the region.

Western nations blame Russia’s war and its Black Sea blockade of Ukrainian grain for the soaring global food prices that are fueling risks of famine in the Horn of Africa.

Russia blames Western sanctions for the precarious food situation.

Like most of Africa, Uganda has remained neutral in the conflict.

Lavrov’s trip to Africa, which also includes stops in Egypt, the Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, appears to be aimed in part at seeking allies, as Moscow is under intense Western pressure for its invasion of Ukraine.

The relations between Uganda and Russia can be said to be at their peak currently with both countries moving in the same direction in many aspects.

Uganda recently contracted a Russian firm  to install tracking devices in motor vehicles and motorcycles will manufacture the devices within the country.

Uganda, just like many other African countries is a great beneficiary of Russia’s support.

Uganda has twice been among countries that have abstained during a UN vote to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the April emergency UN General Assembly by countries to vote to suspend Russia from the United Nations human rights council over the invasion of Russia, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United NationsAdonia Ayebare said Uganda sought to remain neutral.

 Uganda abstained during an emergency UN General Assembly vote to suspend the Russian Federation from the human rights council, maintaining our neutrality. Uganda calls a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine,”Ayebare tweeted.

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