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Singapore To Impose 'Appropriate Sanctions And Restrictions' On Russia

Paris, France - Singapore will impose 'appropriate sanctions and restrictions' on Russia, the country's Foreign Ministry Vivian Balakrishnan said in the country's Parliament on Monday.

He called the Russian invasion of Ukraine 'unprovoked' and 'a clear and gross violation of the international norms' adding that Singapore intended to 'act in concret' with other countries to take a strong stance.

'We will impose export controls on items that can be used directly as weapons in Ukraine to inflict harm, or to subjugate the Ukrainians. We will also block certain Russian banks and financial transactions, connected to Russia', he said, adding that the specific measures are still being worked out.

Balakrishnan said the sanctions may 'come with some costs', telling citizens to 'be prepared to deal with the consequences' of standing up for Singapore's national interest.

'We cannot accept one country attacking another without justifications...such a rationale would go against the internationally recognized legitimacy and territorial integrity of many countries, including Singapore', he said, urging Russia to cease its attacks and work toward peace.



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