Uganda: Lavrov visit to Museveni creates headache for Washington

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Friday, 29 July 2022 15:21, updated on Friday, 5 August 2022 16:10

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni walk during their meeting in Entebbe, Uganda July 26, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni walk during their meeting in Entebbe, Uganda July 26, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Uganda welcomed its highest-ever ranking visit from a Moscow official on 26 July. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov got a warm welcome from President Yoweri Museveni. A sign of a sea change in the geopolitical pecking order?

Museveni has been a key ally of the West for decades. He has neither condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nor distanced himself from Moscow.

The visit is an indication of the warming relations between Kampala and Moscow. It did not go unnoticed.

Hours after Lavrov departed from Uganda, Washington announced that the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will be in Kampala next week for a two-nation visit to the continent.