Lee Hsien Loong: Ukraine crisis a reminder that small countries must defend themselves

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the crisis in Ukraine is a reminder that small countries must defend themselves and cannot rely solely on international treaties or the promises of others.

He said that is why Singapore must always maintain a strong Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team, as well as a capable Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen ties with friends and allies.

Only then can Singapore be safe and secure, said Mr Lee in a Facebook post on Thursday.

He said that during the Budget debate, attention is always paid to local issues like healthcare, housing, public transport.

“But we must not lose sight of what is happening in the outside world, and how faraway events can affect us,” he said.

Mr Lee cited the crisis in Ukraine as an example, saying that if war breaks out there, Singapore and the global economy will be affected.

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