Russian presidential envoy: African Union, Russia oppose military intervention in Syria

The countries of the African Union agree with Russia's stance on the settlement of the situation in Syria, Mikhail Margelov, the Russian president's special envoy on cooperation with African countries, who is now on a tour of the African continent, said.

Margelov said he had met with the leaders of some African countries during his trip.

"The leaders of the African Union, in particular, Uganda and Ethiopia, gave high marks to our country's position on Syria in the UN, which blocks attempts to repeat the Libyan scenario," Margelov said.

Margelov also said he has discussed the relations between Russia and Uganda with the administration of Uganda, adding that the trade turnover between Russia and Uganda exceeded $605 million in 2011. "The Kazan Helicopter Factory has an office in Uganda, there are food industry enterprises there, and Russian companies participate in road and housing construction projects," he said.

Margelov also said Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has called on Russian businesses to take a more active part in the industrialization of Uganda, where Russian businesses are now welcome in all economic sectors, from agriculture to oil extraction.

Margelov said Russian businesses are also welcome in Ethiopia, which, in particular, is interested in building railways, pipelines, and oil processing plants.

"Thirty-five projects involving Russian businesses are now registered in Ethiopia, and the presidents of Uganda and Ethiopia have now backed the second business forum Russia-Africa, which will be held at the BRICS summit in South African Republic in spring 2013," Margelov said.

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