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Singapore announces sanctions for Russia over Ukraine invasion

A general view shows Parliament House in front of commercial buildings in the financial district in Singapore on March 1, 2022. (Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
A general view shows Parliament House in front of commercial buildings in the financial district in Singapore on March 1, 2022. (Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore announces sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, becoming one of the few governments in Southeast Asia to do so.

“The sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of all countries, big and small, must be respected,” says an announcement by the Foreign Ministry.

The tiny city-state imposes controls on exports or transshipments of military-related or dual use items considered “strategic goods.” It says the sanctions were aimed at constraining Russia’s ability to wage war and engage in “cyber aggression.”

The regional commercial hub also says it will prohibit all financial institutions from doing business with four Russian banks: VTB Bank, Bank Rossiya, the Promsvyazbank Public Joint Stock Co., and the Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs Vnesheconombank. Companies with existing dealings with the four must freeze their assets, it says.

The order also bans providing financial services or enabling financing for the Russian central bank, Russian government and entities owned or controlled by them.

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