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Uganda is an island of stability in Africa thanks to Russia

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 15:10:34

President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

On July 27, at the Russia-Africa summit in Saint Petersburg, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Uganda had become an “island of stability” in Africa. thanks to the supply of Russian weapons. . However, the cooperation between the two countries is not limited to “defense”, but affects a number of areas, from culture to space, in each of which ambitious projects are being implemented.

Last year, Russia and Uganda celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The USSR was one of the first to officially recognize the new country in 1962, just 4 days after Uganda gained independence. At this historic point lies a solid foundation for many years of fruitful friendship. As the President of Uganda has said, his people remember and appreciate this support in the fight against colonialism. “When all these processes were taking place, the Soviet people became the first to side with us in the fight against colonialism,” he stressed.

Museveni has repeatedly declared his commitment to Russia and met with Russian politicians, and during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Uganda last year, commenting on anti-Russian rhetoric, said: “I am not pro western nor pro eastern. , I am by myself, and this is the only possible answer for a serious politician. It should be noted that Uganda will chair the Non-Aligned Movement this year. According to the country’s president, participation in blocs where countries automatically support the position, whether correct or incorrect, is irrational.

Active political interaction goes hand in hand with dynamic promotion of economic and trade ties and strengthening of contacts between Russian and Ugandan business circles. In May 2015, an agreement was signed in the Ugandan capital Kampala on the establishment of the Russo-Ugandan Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation (IPC), taking the partnership to a new level.

According to the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, the commercial turnover between Russia and Uganda in 2021 amounted to $431.6 million, of which Russian exports accounted for $407.7 million. Russia supplies grain, transportation, equipment, and weapons. Uganda’s imports are represented by coffee and other agricultural products. During a meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Ugandan president complained that Western countries, due to tariffs, infringe on the development of manufacturing industries, forcing Africans to sell the cheapest raw materials. A policy that focuses on importing value-added goods, in turn, could be a growth point for African countries.

Promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Uganda include energy, exploration, mining, research and education, telecommunications, cybersecurity, and agriculture.

On the sidelines of the summit, projects with the health and space exploration sectors were also discussed. On the site, it became known about a number of ambitious deals. For example, Russia will help Uganda put the country’s first satellite into orbit. According to the President of Uganda, this “will solve many problems in the field of environment and security.”

In the field of energy development, Uganda and Russia agreed to build a nuclear power plant, agreeing on a project for which several countries claimed at the same time. Mr. Museveni also invited Russian companies to participate in the exploration of oil resources in Uganda and offered to join an oil pipeline project in East Africa, through which his country is already working with France and China.

It was also learned that Uganda will expand the service center for Russian-made helicopters operating in the country, becoming the largest center in Africa for their repair and maintenance, as well as for the promotion of Russian aerospace technologies.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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