Russia–Singapore relations

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Russia–Singapore relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and Singapore

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Singapore
Russian embassy in Singapore

Russia–Singapore relations (Russian: Российско-сингапурские отношения) refers to the bilateral foreign relations between the two countries, Russia and Singapore. Russia has an embassy in Singapore. Singapore has an embassy in Moscow. Both countries are full members of APEC.

History[edit]

Russia appointed their first consul to Singapore, A.M. Vyvodtsev, in 1890, when the island was still a part of the British Empire as the Straits Settlements. Nicholas II of Russia visited the following year during his round-the-world voyage.[1] Singapore and the Soviet Union established full diplomatic relations on 1 June 1968.[2]

Bilateral relations[edit]

The accumulated positive potential in Russia–Singapore relations has made it possible to further expand and intensify them in the course of the last few years.

In 2009, a Russian-Singapore political dialogue was conducted which gain intensity. Among the attendees were Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the Federation Council, Sergey Mironov, among other Russian delegates, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, among other Singaporean delegates.[3]

The first state visit by a Russian Head of State to Singapore was in 2009 where Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Singapore on 15–16 November. President Dmitry met with President S. R. Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his cabinet. The Russian-Singapore Joint Statement on the State Visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Singapore determines the further steps to be taken to further enhance bilateral ties. One of the major results of the State Visit of the Russian Leader to Singapore was the establishment of the High Level Russia-Singapore Inter-governmental Commission. The first and second sessions of the Commission took place in Singapore, September 2010, and in Moscow, September 2011, respectively. Presently, the Commission is co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of Staff of the Government of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Minister for Manpower of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam.[3]

Interparliamentary and interregional relations have also progressed for the last years. The ASEAN-Russian summit is held annually where leaders of member states meet with the Russian President.

Trade and economy is the locomotive of bilateral cooperation. Besides bilateral trade which has exceeded 3.8 billion US dollars, investment, scientific and technological cooperation has received an additional impulse. An agreement between the Government of Singapore and the Government of Russia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income is applied to income derived on or after 1 January 2010. The Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments was signed on 27 September 2010.[3]

The sixth annual Russia-Singapore Business Forum was held in Singapore in September 2011. The representatives of public and private sectors of Russia, Singapore, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Asia-Pacific Region participated in the forum.

Diplomatic representation[edit]

In 1994, the Russian Federation appointed its first Ambassador to Singapore, M. M. Bely, who served from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, S. B. Kiselev became the second Ambassador to Singapore, followed by A. N. Rojkov who served from 2005 to 2011. The current Russian Ambassador to Singapore is Leonid P. Moiseev, a former diplomat in the Soviet Union Embassy in Japan and China and the former Ambassador to Australia, Nauru, Vanuatu and Fiji.[4]

Singapore's first official representative to the Soviet Union was Chandra Das, who functioned in Moscow as Singapore's Trade Representative. The trade office was located in Hotel Ukraine in Moscow and on 4 May 1971, the Embassy was open near the current Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Singapore's first Ambassador to the Soviet Union was P. S. Raman, who was appointed on 15 July 1971 and presented his credentials to the Soviet Government on 30 July 1971. The current Ambassador is Simon Tensing de Cruz, who took up the position on 14 October 2008.[5]

List of Russian Ambassadors to Singapore[edit]

  • M. M. Bely, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Singapore, 1994 to 1999.
  • S. B. Kiselev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Singapore, 1999 to 2005.
  • A. N. Rojkov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Singapore, 2005 to 2011.
  • Leonid P. Moiseev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Singapore, 2011 to present.

List of Singaporean Ambassadors to the Russian Federation[edit]

  • P. S. Raman, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1971 to 1976.
  • Joseph Francis Conceicao, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1977 to 1981 and 1990 to 1994.
  • Ho Guan Lim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1981 to 1984.
  • Kemal Siddique, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1984 to 1986.
  • Chiang Hai Ding, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1986 to 1989.
  • Bilahari Kim Hee P S Kausikan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1994 to 1995.
  • Mark Hong Tat Soon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 1995 to 2002.
  • Michael Tay Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 2002 to 2008.
  • Simon Tensing de Cruz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 2008 to present.
  • LIM Kheng Hua, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, 2012 to present

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Snow 1998, p. 44.
  2. ^ Hong 2006, p. 65.
  3. ^ a b c "Relations between Russia and Singapore". Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "List of Ambassadors". Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bilateral Relations of Singapore and Russia". MFA Singapore. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 

Sources[edit]

  • Hong, Mark (2006), "Russia-Singapore Relations: Thirty-seven Years of Cooperation and Dialogue", in Chufrin, Gennadiĭ Illarionovich; Hong, Mark; Teo, Kah Beng, ASEAN-Russia relations, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 65–84, ISBN 978-981-230-359-2 
  • Snow, Karen A. (1998), "Russian commercial shipping and Singapore, 1905-1916", Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 29 (1): 44–62, doi:10.1017/S0022463400021470 

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