Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs, K. Shanmugam at the Parliament Meeting on March, 5th, 2014

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.

Madam Speaker,
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.

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Australia cancels governmental contacts with Russia over invasion of Ukraine

Australia cancels contacts with Russia to protest invasion of Ukraine

Voices of Ukraine

03.03.2014, 15:58
Translated by Inna Olefirenko

The Minister for Trade of Australia, Andrew Robb, canceled a planned visit to Russia on Monday as a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This was announced by the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, writes Radio Svoboda [Radio Freedom].
He also cancelled a visit by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev.

“Russia must withdraw. It should withdraw its troops from Ukraine, Ukraine and the people should have the right to decide their own future,” – said the Prime Minister, speaking in Parliament.

“Unprovoked aggression has no place in our world,” – PM Tony Abbott stated.

On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia called in Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov, for an explanation of his country’s actions in Ukraine.

According to the Australian press, the Ambassador said that all criticism…

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Ukrainian Diplomats Condemn Talk of Disintegration

ukr_diplomatsUkrainian diplomats have condemned all the statements about the possible split of the country made both within and outside of Ukraine, and have called for doing everything possible to stop the bloodshed. They released their statement on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Today, when the whole world is watching Ukraine, when our brothers and sisters are dying on the streets of Ukrainian cities, Ukrainian diplomats cannot stand by,” says the statement. “Under these circumstances, we consider giving fair and impartial information to the international community, as well as defending the interests of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and every Ukrainian citizen our most important mission.”

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