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Singapore opposes Crimea annexation: MFA

Published on Mar 22, 2014 12:32 AM
A man watches a show from a tower as people attend celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol March 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore is opposed to the annexation of Crimea into Russia, and urges all parties to respect international law and take steps to de-escalate tensions and resolve the crisis peacefully, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

"Minister for Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam set out Singapore's position clearly in Parliament on 5 March 2014," the ministry said in a statement.

"Singapore opposes the annexation of any country or territory as it contravenes international law. We also object to any unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country under any pretext," it added.

"Singapore affirms the principles of respect for territorial integrity, non-interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation, respect for sovereignty and the rule of law. Singapore therefore opposes the annexation of Crimea into Russia."

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