A day after Uganda joined 34 other countries to abstain from voting at the extraordinary general meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, President Yoweri Museveni has met with the Russian Federation Ambassador to Uganda Vladlen Semivolos.
In a press statement by the Presidential Press Unit, the two leaders held ‘a bilateral meeting’ at State House Entebbe without disclosing what was discussed.
On Wednesday, the General Assembly with support from 193 member states passed a non-binding resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine last week which has resulted in the destruction of property and loss of lives for both Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.
Five countries opposed the resolution. These included; Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Belarus, and Russia itself. Using his Twitter handle, Uganda’s ambassador to the UN Adonia Ayebare said Uganda as the incoming chairman of the Nonaligned Movement never wanted to take a side in the conflict.
After the Ukrainian attack that has been bitterly castigated by countries in the West led by the United State of America and the European Union, Russia is increasingly facing international isolation.
Therefore, a meeting of the Russian ambassador and President Museveni should be seen as trying to reach out to potential allies who have shown that they are unaligned to those condemning its action.
It should be recalled that the President’s son who is also the commander of the Land Forces Muhoozi Kainerugaba tweeted his support for the Russian invasion.
At the Entebbe meeting, the ambassador was accompanied by Dr. Evgeny Kalashnikov, the Ideology Head of Mission of the Russian Federation.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Abubaker Jeje Odongo also attended it