Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, has arrived in Uganda, his third stop on an African visit to strengthen ties with the continent and seek support against Western pressure over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Lavrov as welcomed in Entebbe by Uganda cabinet Minister for foreign Affairs Hon. Jeje Odongo. 

According to the Russian TASS news agency, Lavrov is due to hold talks on Tuesday with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. However, details about Lavrov’s programme for the visit were unavailable. 

On Sunday, the government announced on Twitter that Lavrov’s visit was a two-day visit. 

“President Yoweri Museveni who last visited Russia in 2019 has called for stronger bilateral relations especially in the areas of defence and security, economic and technical cooperation,” the government wrote. 

Lavrov told the Egyptian leaders that their orders for Russian grain would be fulfilled at his first visit in Cairo on Sunday.  

Lavrov has also visited Congo-Brazzaville. Lavrov’s visit to the Republic of Congo, a former French colony, came as French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in the region for visits to Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau. 

France has pulled back support from some former colonies, such as Mali, as they have become less democratic. Mali is under military rule and is accused by Paris of hiring Russian mercenaries. Both Moscow and Bamako deny deploying Russian mercenaries in Mali. 

After visiting Uganda, Lavrov will next travel to Ethiopia, where the African Union has its headquarters. 

 

 

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