KAMPALA, UGANDA: Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, arrives in
Uganda this Monday.
Lavrov will pay a two-day working visit to Uganda starting July 25 as part of
his tour of African countries including Ethiopia, Egypt, Uganda and CongoBrazzaville.
The Minister is preparing for the second Russia-Africa summit, expected to
be held in Addis Ababa in October-November, 2022.
The first Russia-Africa Summit was held in Sochi, Russia in 2019 and
attended by several African heads of state and government including
State House said during his visit, Minister Lavrov and his delegation will hold
bilateral talks with the Uganda delegation led by President Museveni at State
The conflict has triggered a massive spike in fuel prices and a global
shortage of wheat.
President Museveni recently held virtual talks with former Ukrainian
president, Medvedev and expressed gratitude to the Soviet Union for the
support rendered in Africa’s anti-colonial endeavors in the 1960s and for
facilitating nation-building processes through trade, agriculture, industry
Medvedev doubles as the Deputy chairman of the Security Council of the
Since the Ukraine conflict began, prices of fuel, palm oil and wheat have
substantially increased, leading to a spike in the cost of essential goods in
Uganda including soap and foodstuffs.
Nevertheless, Uganda has been strengthening relations with Russia over the
last few decades, alarming western countries.
In March, Uganda abstained from voting on the United Nations General
Assembly Resolution to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Assembly overwhelmingly voted to reprimand Russia for invading
Ukraine and demanded that Moscow stop fighting and withdraw its military
forces from Ukraine.
While meeting President Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi in 2018,
Museveni said Uganda was “building an army by buying good Russian
equipment, aircrafts, tanks, and so on.”
The two leaders agreed that Uganda would procure military equipment on
credit and Russians would later build a workshop in Uganda for
maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military aircraft.
However, the sanctions on Russia could damage Uganda’s defence sector
especially the airforce.
Additionally, Uganda is cooperating with Russia in the areas of
manufacturing of human and livestock vaccines, space technology,
construction, cyber technology and modern agriculture.
The two countries also established a national system for identifying,
evaluating and certifying mineral fields and to further create a
comprehensive analytical lab with international accreditation.
President Museveni who last visited Russia in 2019 has called for stronger
bilateral relations especially in the areas of defense and security, economic
and technical cooperation.
Russia, formerly the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations with
Uganda on October 11–12, 1962.
In 1964, the USSR and Uganda signed a trade agreement and an agreement
on economic and technical cooperation and registered dynamic political
Uganda Exports to Russia was US$8.23 Million during 2020, according to the
United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade and included
among other things, coffee, tea, Aircraft, spacecraft, machinery, electronic
equipment, vehicles etc