A Pacific academic says Kiribati has sent a strong message by rejecting a Russian businessman's investment proposal, which included a demand for sovereign rights to three of its uninhabited islands.
Anton Bakov, who is the founder of Russia's Monarchist Party, had hoped to use the islands to revive the Romanov Empire and create what he called an "alternative Russia".
He also said he planned to invest about 350-million US dollars in Kiribati by building a resort complex on Malden Island.
However, the Kiribati Government last week announced it has rejected Mr Bakov's demand for sovereign rights over the three Southern Line islands as a prerequisite to his investment.
Academic and former Tongan politician, Sitiveni Halapua, told Amelia Langford that Kiribati should be congratulated on its stance.