Malaysia’ll not impose sanctions against Russia – Foreign Ministry


By Aluta News

Mar. 8, 2022

Malaysia will not impose unilateral sanctions against Russia, leaving the decision to the United Nations, Malaysian Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, said on Tuesday.

“If there is a need for sanctions, we can do it but it has not reached that stage.

“If need be, it will be done by the United Nations,” Saifuddin told the parliament.

The diplomat expressed concern that sanctions may affect innocent people if improperly addressed or applied.

On Feb. 24, Russia began a special operation to demilitarise and “denazify” Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics in countering the aggression of Ukrainian troops.

The Russian defence ministry said the special operation targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure only and the civilian population was not in danger.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to occupy Ukraine.

In response, the United States and its allies have rolled out comprehensive sanctions, including restrictions on the Russian central bank, export control measures, SWIFT cutoff for select banks  and closure of airsace to all Russian flights.