The story broke yesterday but seemed straight out of the 1980s: Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti reported that Sukhoi sold 16 Su-30s to Algeria and six Su-30s to Uganda, accepting payment in oil shipments rather than cash. It wasn’t exactly a Soviet-era Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, but it was pretty close. One problem: It wasn’t true.
Uganda news web site New Vision reports today:
Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye dismissed the reports as untrue.
“We had negotiations with the Russians over the jet fighters but upon realising that the cost was too high, we decided otherwise,” he said. “We never entered into an agreement with them.”
Instead, he said, the Ugandan airforce decided to send its six MIG-21 fighter planes for overhaul to Russia about two weeks ago. He did not say at what cost.