Yesterday Singapore Parliament held a meeting where the Russian military aggression in Crimea was discussed. Here is the speech of K. Shanmugam, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Law.
1. I thank the Honourable Members for their comments.
2. The task for MFA is to chart a course in an uncertain world, a course that best protects our country, our economy and advances our people’s interests.
3. How do we do it? First, build and maintain strong international network of friends; and actively participate in international organisations which are relevant to us; and support key regional organisations and platforms like ASEAN, EAS, and so on, and maintain strong relationships with our neighbours to the extent possible. I say that because it depends on principles of mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, and interests.
4. These principles have to be applied in the real world – a world of dynamic flux where geopolitical relationships change; often they change very quickly.
Head of the Center for Military-Political Studies on the chronology of irregular Russian Federation actions in Crimea
The chronology of irregular actions on the part of the Russian Federation
in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
By Dmitry Tymchuk,
Head of the Center for Military-Political Studies (NGO)
In recent days numerous cases of Russian Federation Armed Forces units arrived in violation of international rules and agreements.
For instance, on February 28, at 8.45 a.m. the flight of more than 10 military helicopters was monitored by the technical observation post located on the cape of Takil from the direction of the Russian Federation to Ukraine.
Three helicopters (two KA-27 and one Mi-8) landed at the Kacha airport and passed through the border and customs established procedures according to an application made preliminarily. The rest of the helicopters came down near the airport; herewith, there was no answer received on the border detail chief’s appeal concerning the necessity of passing the established formalities by these helicopters, which arrived without…
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