The United States special representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield has issued a stern warning to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni against breaching the imposed sanctions slapped on Russia over the Ukrainian invasion.
Linda’s visit follows a recent similar trip by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who courted some African states not to abide by the sanctions slapped on the Kremlin as the west protests the Ukrainian invasion which to Moscow is a ‘special operation.’ Lavrov had greenlit on a deal in which Russia was to supply Uganda with cheaper oil in wake of the oil crisis that has largely devasted the economy.
Mr. Greenfield on Thursday met with President Museveni at State House Entebbe where he delivered the US warning. He said the US will not accept Uganda to sign the deal with Russia yet world powers resolved to impose sanctions on the Putin Vladimir administration.
However, Museveni protested before Greenfield and said the west should allow African nations to trade with Russia as the oil shortage and high prices have largely hurt the continental economy. Museveni said Uganda will act within its sovereignty to make the deal materialize.
In the same meeting, Mr. Greenfield revealed that Washington has donated UGX 77b to the hunger struck Karamoja Sub-region where over 900 people have died of starvation.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday appealed to China’s president Xi Jin Ping to negotiate with his Moscow counterpart to see how the war can be peacefully resolved. The invasion which kicked off in February has left scores dead and Ukrainian infrastructure destroyed. A recent report by amnesty international has pinned Kyiv in using civilians as ‘human shields.’