Representatives from the United States and several other Western nations walked out of a meeting of Asia-Pacific trade ministers in Bangkok on Saturday to protest Russia’s invasion, officials said. into Ukraine.
The walk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), established in 1989 to promote growth by promoting economic integration and trade among its members, is “an example of currently disapproves of Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and its economic impact, a diplomat told Reuters News Service. Another diplomat said the five countries organizing the protest wanted “stronger language on Russia’s war” in the group’s final statement issued on Sunday.
The walkout took place while Russian Economy Minister Maxim Reshetnikov was delivering the opening remarks of a two-day meeting from a group representing 21 different global economies. Two Thai officials and two international diplomats told Reuters that representatives from Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia joined the Americans, led by Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
Nice to meet Thailand’s Deputy Minister & Minister of Commerce, Jurin Laksanawisit at @APEC.
Thailand is a nice host country, and we discussed the important 🇺🇸 – relationship as well as the Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. pic.twitter.com/Q0DfnZcGxT
– Ambassador Katherine Tai (@AprisadorTai) May 21, 2022
A statement from the office of New Zealand Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor said he was leaving “to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has slowed the region’s economic recovery since COVID-19 and making it more difficult for people in the area. to get food on their tables. He goes out in good company.”
#While Delegates from Canada, Japan, NZ, Australia and the US held a romp at the APEC meeting on Russia’s war with Ukraine, one wonders why every other country doesn’t join them against Putin invaders? Dots.
– Charles Beale (@ Beale7Charles) May 21, 2022
Western nations have imposed tough economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, but many APEC member states, especially in Southeast Asia and Latin America, have avoided away from those moves. The war in Ukraine has raised major trade problems as it has disrupted supply chains, especially in the food sector.
US, others walk out of APEC negotiations #Russia ‘S #Ukraine One diplomat said the invasion – The walk was “an expression of disagreement with Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and its economic impact in the APEC region”.
– Jiraporn Kuhakan (@KuhakanJiraporn) May 21, 2022
Delegations from the five countries that organized the protest returned to the meeting after Reshetnikov finished speaking.
https://hillreporter.com/u-s-other-western-allies-walk-out-of-apec-talks-over-russian-invasion-of-ukraine-132042 U.S., Other Western Allies Walk Out Of APEC Talks Over Russian Invasion of Ukraine