Singapore opposes annexation of Crimea into Russia: MFA

The West is concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may push further into the former Soviet republic.

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement today regarding the annexation of Crimea into Russia.

An MFA spokesperson said: "Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam set out Singapore's position clearly in Parliament on 5 March 2014. 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.

"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.

"All parties should respect international law, and take steps to de-escalate tensions and resolve the crisis peacefully."

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday signed legislation that completed the absorption of Crimea into Russia.

This is in defiance of Western leaders who say it should remain a part of Ukraine.