The Embassy of the Russian Federation’s Ambassador to Singapore H.E. Andrey Tatarinov responded to IN Diplomacy’s queries on the work and measures the mission here has undertaken since the start of the outbreak
ACCORDING to Ambassador Andrey Tatarinov: “COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken thousands of lives globally and led to the most serious global public health crisis in a century, undoubtedly, remains one of the toughest challenges to all of us. Combating it requires a robust response and international cooperation. Both Russia and Singapore have taken unprecedented measures to stop the virus, including travel restrictions, flights cancelations and borders closures.”
On the cooperation between Russia and Singapore in fighting the pandemic, he said the sharing of experience and best practices is of crucial importance: “In this connection, our countries started to exchange information about the practical steps to contain the spread of the disease, especially on public transportation.”
The introduction of travel restrictions has thrown up additional challenges for Russian citizens in Singapore, on this move the Ambassador commented: “Of course, as all foreigners in Singapore, Russian nationals are also affected by these restrictions. As the problems are very different (varying from tourists unable to return home to long-term visit pass holders, who spent their vacations overseas, being not allowed to reenter Singapore), each person requires an individual approach. For our part, we do as much as possible. Our mission is in touch with Russian nationals on a 24/7 basis by providing them updated information on the current situation and return flight options, assisting in rebooking the tickets, extending visit passes, reissuing travel documents, etc.”
Ambassador Andrey Tatarinov also highlighted that: “The Embassy is operating as usual, and its Consular section remains open for visitors with less available appointments to ensure the safe number of simultaneous visitors.
“At the same time, we take the situation very seriously and adhere to all the necessary precautionary measures advised by the healthcare authorities of Singapore. Our general recommendation for all Russians staying in Singapore is to observe good personal hygiene and social distancing, as well as all other recommendations provided by the Singapore Government.”