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APEC ministers overcome Ukraine impasse to issue statement

Document echoing G-20 comes after disappointing year for host Thailand

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers managed to complete a joint statement on Nov. 18 after a year of frustration.   © AP

BANGKOK -- Ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum issued a joint statement on Friday objecting to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, paving the way for a similar communique when the leaders meeting ends on Saturday. 

The statement released by the 21 member economies -- which include the U.S. and China as well as Russia -- said there was a "discussion" on the Ukraine issue and that participants "reiterated" positions expressed elsewhere, such as at the United Nations.

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