Uganda’s government is prepared to provide assistance to its citizens affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, according to foreign affairs spokesman, Fred Opolot.
He says Uganda’s embassy in Moscow is monitoring the tense political situation in Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Opolot also says the diplomatic relations between the government in Moscow and Kampala remains unchanged in spite of the Western imposed sanctions on Russia.
“The diplomatic relationship between Kampala and Moscow has not changed at all. The reason being [that] Uganda has a clear position of non-involvement in internal matters of a legitimate state,” said Opolot.
He says the tensed situation in Ukraine has yet to escalate to a point that will compel the administration in Kampala to evacuate its citizens back home.
“The situation currently warrants that there is no need to repatriate Uganda citizens from Ukraine,” said Opolot. “Those that will want to come back are mainly the students and those are the specific group that we are closely monitoring for their needs if they really want to come back.”
His comments came after Uganda media reported that the government was preparing to repatriate citizens affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Opolot denied those media reports. He says Uganda’s embassy in Russia, which is also in charge of Ukraine, has yet to officially receive any request from citizens to be sent home.
“Our ambassador in Moscow is strongly engaging with the Ugandans in Ukraine. And as far as their concerns are, there is no need [for] repatriation back to Uganda. As much as we are closely monitoring the situation, there is a continuous engagement with different groups including the Diaspora community and students in Ukraine and as of now there is no need to bring them back home.”
Opolot’s comments also came after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a series of expanded sanctions against Russia over its annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Clottey interview with Fred Opolot, Uganda foreign ministry spokesman