President Museveni says Uganda will continue trading with Russia

FILE PHOTO: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks at a past function. (Photo courtesy: State House Uganda)
FILE PHOTO: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks at a past function. (Photo courtesy: State House Uganda)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday said his country will continue trading with Russia, noting that the East African nation will not be drawn into making decisions against Moscow based on its ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Museveni made the remarks at a joint press briefing with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at State House in Entebbe.

“We want to trade with Russia. We want to trade with all countries of the world. We don’t believe in being enemies of somebodies enemy,” he said.

“Whenever issues come up and some people want us to take positions against Russia we say, but these people have been with us for the last 100 years. How can we be automatically against them?”

Uganda was one of the countries that voted to abstain during the United Nations General Assembly’s emergency session convened in May to call for a withdrawal of the Russian military from Ukraine.

Lavrov is currently on a tour of Africa tour aimed at strengthening Moscow’s ties with a continent.

The Russian Foreign Minister has already visited Egypt and the Republic of Congo. He is also scheduled to visit Ethiopia, where African Union (AU) diplomats said he had invited ambassadors from several member states to a private meeting on Wednesday.