Singapore makes Putin’s shit list as sanctions sting

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a 2016 photo. Photo: Lao Chen Dong / Facebook
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a 2016 photo. Photo: Lao Chen Dong / Facebook

Singapore is officially on Moscow’s bad side for imposing sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine, according to a Russian state-owned news agency.

TASS announced last night a list of foreign states and territories Russia deems “unfriendly” for imposing or supporting sanctions in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine late last month.

“The Government of the Russian Federation has approved on Monday a list of foreign states and territories that commit unfriendly actions against Russia, its companies, and citizens,” the agency said.

The countries include the United States, Canada, E.U. member states, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, North Macedonia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Micronesia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Since the invasion, Singapore has been very vocal about taking a stance against the Russian attack. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced that Singapore would impose export controls on weapons used in Ukraine and restrict financial transactions involving Russian banks. This will apply to all financial institutions in Singapore.

Singapore was the only ASEAN member on the Russian shit list.

In yesterday’s report, the Russian government said that those in Russia who owe creditors in those countries could pay them in rubles. It said the “new temporary procedure” was for payments of over 10 million Rubles (S$103,000) a month.

Many countries have gone beyond condemning Russia’s actions by cutting off its economy from the rest of the world. Singapore was among 82 cosponsors of a recent U.N. Security Council Resolution condemning the invasion that failed to pass as Russia – obviously – vetoed it.

RELATED – ‘Small, tiny’ Singapore must take strong stance against Russian invasion of Ukraine: Vivian Balakrishnan

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