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APEC Meeting Fails to Issue Statement After US-Russia Walkout

  • No consensus on customary joint statement, Thailand says
  • US and allies walked out during Russian minister’s speech
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A gathering of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group failed to issue a customary joint statement, a day after the US and Russia staged a tit-for-tat walkout during their presentations at the meeting.  

The 21-member bloc in Bangkok was unable to issue a joint communique because of differences among some in the grouping, Thailand’s Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said in a statement on Sunday. Instead, the member economies authorized Thailand to make a statement of the chair, he said.