President Museveni has revealed that he’s willing to maintain his diplomatic relations with the USA despite his close links with Russia.
While addressing the country yesterday, the president said that direct relations with Russia would in turn jeopardize Uganda’s relationship with the US.
In regards to the high fuel prices in the country, Museveni said that it’s possible to talk to Russia in order to buy the Balkan state’s subsidized fuel.
This would however put Uganda into arguments with the USA which is unnecessary. He, therefore, called upon Ugandans to economize fuel as they explore more options.
“If we wanted, we could talk to Russia and ask them to sell us their subsidized fuel but that will put us in collision with Americans. We would start arguing with the Americans and for now, I don’t think that is necessary. For now, let us economize the fuel as we get other solutions,” said President Museveni.
It should be recalled that while meeting the Russian Foreign affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov last month, Museveni pledged to continue the partnership between the two countries.
He came out and said that Uganda has the right to trade and work with whomever they want. Therefore they won’t participate in the politics of ‘mpalanirako.’
According to Museveni, Uganda and Africa couldn’t refuse to side with someone (Russia) who has supported their plight for the last 100 years in favor of those who have made them suffer.
This saw reports emerge that the US was cautioning Uganda about buying Russian oil. This is because the European nation is under trade embargoes from the US, EU and NATO.
Meanwhile, Museveni had a change of words yesterday as he met with the American ambassador to Uganda, H.E Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Among the issues talked about was the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. Museveni appealed to the ambassador that if USA wants to help Africa, ‘they should consider separating us from the sanctions in a war where we are not participating.’
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