The President of the African country reminded that the Russian Federation had never harmed her, and thus paved the way for the conclusion of lucrative contracts with Russia.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said that his country is grateful to Russia.
“Russia has always supported the African anti-colonial movement for the past hundred years,” Museveni said. “Perhaps you like or dislike the Bolsheviks, but as for us, we appreciate them because they supported us. Russia, the Soviet Union supported the anti-colonial movement in Africa”.
At the same time, the President of Uganda considers it wrong to call on Africa to take an anti-Russian position.
“We answer them: “Listen, you have not been with us for the past hundred years, how can we automatically take an anti-Russian position? We even forgave our enemies who colonized us. And how can we be against those who have never harmed us?” he said.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also stressed that his country is interested in establishing direct supplies of coffee, tea and bananas to Russia. Now these products are supplied to the Russian market through Western Europe. The head of state also said that he hoped for cooperation with Russia in the field of medicine, space research and nuclear energy, especially since Uganda has significant natural uranium reserves.
In response, Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is ready sell oil to African countries, as well as help them develop their own hydrocarbon processing industry.
“We have planned such discussions and will deepen with our friends from Uganda,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry promised.
< p>Lavrov also stressed that cooperation in energy and food supplies between Russia and Uganda will not depend on the “whims of Western countries.”
“Today we spoke about the root causes of the current crises in the energy sector, in the supply of world markets food, there is a very loud campaign around this, but the root causes are clear to our African friends – they are not related to what is happening now as part of a special military operation (this is how the Kremlin calls the aggression unleashed by it against Ukraine – Focus)”, the Foreign Minister said.
What is Lavrov doing in Africa?
Sergey Lavrov's visit to Uganda took place as part of a large African tour, in which he has already visited Egypt and the Republic of the Congo Russian political analysts note that Russia, having built strong ties with the Central African Republic, is interested in partnering with other African states.Some of them, in particular Uganda, have strained relations with the West, which criticizes their leadership for systemic human rights violations.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry does not hide this, stating that the development of partnerships between African states has become a priority of Russia's foreign policy.
“I can safely say that the role of the African continent in the concept of our foreign policy will be increased, and significantly increased,” Lavrov said after talks with the President of Uganda. “It would have happened regardless of what happens in the western direction. And the western direction, as you know, is now canceling itself.”