Government to block certain Russian banks, financial transactions
It is also imposing export controls on items that can be used as weapons.
Singapore has joined the plethora of countries in imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a Parliament speech, "We will... block certain Russian banks and financial transactions connected to Russia. The specific measures are being worked out and will be announced shortly."
Singapore is also imposing export controls on items that can be used directly as weapons in Ukraine to inflict harm or to subjugate the Ukrainians.
The specific measures are being worked out and will be announced shortly.
The government will also contribute US$100,000 to the Red Cross for the humanitarian needs of Ukrainians, such as hygiene kits, family kits, and household kits.
The measures on banks and export controls will likely hit businesses and individuals in Singapore but is necessary to impose them in order to underline the sovereignty of smaller nations, according to Balakrishnan.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a clear and gross violation of international norms and [sets] a completely unacceptable precedent,” he said.
He added that a world order where the stronger and bigger countries do whatever they want is a threat to the sovereignty of small states–which include Singapore.
“Small countries must avoid sacrificial pawns, vessel states, or cat’s paws; to be used by one side against the other,” he said.
Balakrishnan said that the war’s effects could already be felt, even in Singapore: from rising electricity and petrol prices.