President Museveni has revealed that he doesn’t take orders from foreigners. This was shortly after meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov.
This meeting happened at State House Entebbe. The meeting comes at a time when most European countries and member states of NATO have tried to isolate Russia.
This is after the Vladimir Putin led country launched a full scale attack on their neighbors, Ukraine. During his address in this meeting, Museveni said that he doesn’t take orders from foreigners on who to deal and who to forsake.
According to Museveni, he won’t bow to anyone’s pressure and will deal with anyone he prefers. He further said that Uganda can’t isolate someone who has sided with them for so long and cooperate with those who have done injustices against them for so long.
“How can we automatically be against those who have been with us for the last 100 years? We have forgiven those who did bad things to us and we are working with them, how about those who have never harmed us?”
“The people of Uganda and myself welcome H.E Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. Russia has been supporting the anti-colonial African movement for the last 100 years and I commend their long-standing relationship with Uganda,” said Museveni.
Furthermore, he added that he doesn’t believe in being someone’s enemy because someone you work with hates them. Therefore Uganda is ready to work with everyone regardless of who they are.
“We want to trade with Russia. We want to trade with all countries of the world. We don’t believe in being enemies of somebody’s enemy, No! We want to make our own enemies not fight other people’s enemies.”
Meanwhile Lavrov on the other hand said that Russia is open to selling their oil to Uganda despite the sanctions on the Balkan state. He also added that they are open to selling other goods and providing financial assistance to the country.