Yoweri Museveni president of Uganda has called for negotiations between Russia and Ukraine and urged everyone who wants peace in the world should support this position.
“We think the best way is to negotiate. This is the best way and everybody who wants peace in the world should support this so that these fighting stops and you get balanced peace that ensures safety for all,” he said.
The President was speaking to the former President of Russia and current Chairman of the United Russian Party H.E Dmitry Medvedev via a zoom call recently during which he also expressed Uganda’s gratitude to the Soviet Union for the support rendered to Africa during the anti-colonial endeavors in the 1960s.
The meeting was also attended by Ambassador of the Russian Federation H.E Vladlen Semivolos, NRM Party Secretary General Richard Todwong (left) PPS Kenneth Omona and Arsenii Golomido (right), and Head of Consular Section at the Russian Embassy.
Regarding other co-operations, President Museveni said Uganda is ready to cooperate with Russia in many areas including vaccine development through scientific cooperation.
President Museveni said Uganda has always worked with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union despite not having a Communist program here.
“We worked with them because they had an anti-colonial position and now we are very happy to work with your party, our party is very happy to work with yours. I want you to know that we the African Freedom Fighters are forever grateful to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Russia,” he said.
On the issue of the International situation, President Museveni said Uganda abstained, and took a neutral position.
“We said no! Let us take a balanced position because we know all issues involved, there is nothing new, there is nothing we don’t know,” he said.
“We are prepared for peaceful negotiations but they have to be independent negotiations. They have to be independent fully fledged negotiations considering all the realities including territorial. This is the situation,” H.E Dmitry Medvedev said.
In reference to the African continent and food security, H.E Dmitry Medvedev called for discussions at the government platforms.
“Certainly we are all concerned with the situation developing in the food sector. The last part of 7 years saw a dramatic rise in pricing, poor harvests and systematic mistakes that led to the less food stuffs in the market and growing prices. This was also exacerbated by the poor food reserves,” he said.
H.E Dmitry Medvedev said the conflict coupled with the overall situation in the world including food security and safety, diseases pandemics because of the new corona virus infections, new diseases that are posing a threat to humanity have been challenging to the world.