Entebbe, 26 July 2022 (TDI): Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov arrived in Uganda on a working visit and was welcomed by his counterpart, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeje Odongo at the airport of Entebbe.

Regarding Lavrov’s working visit, the Russian Foreign Minister held a meeting with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.

Accordingly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President Museveni held a joint news conference following talks in Entebbe.

Notably, Foreign Minister Lavrov’s visit to Uganda is part of his visit to a number of African countries.

The government of Russia highlighted that President Museveni has called for stronger bilateral relations specifically within the areas of defense and security and economic and technical cooperation.

Russia-Uganda relations

Since 1964, relations between the two countries have been cordial and mostly in economic and social spheres.

Russia and Uganda have frequently supported each other on numerous international issues of mutual concern.

Both nations undoubtedly enjoy strong political relations. Noteworthy, Uganda has always looked at Russia as a partner in scientific and technological cooperation because Russia is highly advanced in these areas.

In 2019, Russia and Uganda strengthened their bilateral relations as President Museveni met with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in Sochi.

Consequently, both sides discussed cooperation in areas of “manufacture of human and livestock vaccines, explore space technology, construction, cyber technology, and agriculture”.

Both Presidents made their remarks and President Putin highlighted that they share a common task. That is, developing trade and economic ties as well as increasing mutual trade.

President Putin noted the several joint economic projects that had already got underway in Uganda. He further mentioned a cotton processing plant operating with a share of the Russian capital.

On the other side, President Museveni stated that there are a few areas to look at, that is, defense and security. At the time, Museveni acknowledged their cooperation and said that they have been cooperating very well.