Uganda was amongst 17 African states that abstained in a March vote on a UN decision condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has stated he noticed no motive to criticise Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine, extolling Russian-African friendship through the go to of Russian overseas minister Sergey Lavrov.
Talking alongside Lavrov, who’s on a four-nation African tour looking for assist for Moscow at a time of confrontation with Western powers, Museveni praised Russia as a companion within the wrestle towards colonialism going again a century.
“If Russia makes errors, then we inform them,” Museveni stated, citing his participation in scholar demonstrations towards the crushing of the Prague Spring by the Soviet Union in 1968.
“However after they haven’t made a mistake, we can’t be towards them,” he stated.
Many African nations, which import Russian grain and vitality whereas additionally shopping for Ukrainian grain and benefitting from Western help flows and commerce ties, have averted taking sides over the conflict in Ukraine.
Uganda was amongst 17 African nations that abstained in a March vote on a United Nations decision condemning the Russian invasion, which was supported by 141 nations out of 193.
Lavrov praised what he described as “the accountable and balanced place taken by Uganda and different African states”, accusing the West of displaying a colonial mindset by demanding that Africa undertake an anti-Russian stance.
This chimed with Museveni’s remarks, through which he drew closely on historic occasions to clarify his desire for staying on good phrases with each Russia and the West.
“At any time when points come up and a few folks need us to take positions towards Russia, we are saying, ‘However you folks, these folks have been with us for the final 100 years, how can we be robotically towards them?’” Museveni stated.
“We now have even forgiven our former enemies, the colonialists, those who’ve colonised us, those who had truly taken slaves from right here and who did dangerous issues. We now have forgiven them and we’re working them,” he stated.
Paying homage to the Chilly Battle, Museveni, who has been in energy for 36 years, stated that when requested if he was pro-West or pro-East, he rejected the query as idiotic.
“I’m pro-myself. And I take care of different folks in response to how they relate with my very own curiosity,” he stated.
Lavrov has already visited Egypt and the Republic of Congo. From Uganda, he’ll head to Ethiopia, which has lengthy been a stalwart ally of the West however has lately clashed with the US over its conduct of a battle in its northern area of Tigray.