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ASEAN stops short of calling out Russia in delayed statement

Foreign ministers express concern and urge 'maximum restraint' on all sides

The flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN has been slow to comment on the developments in Ukraine.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed concern over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but without condemning Moscow's move, in a Sunday announcement by ASEAN chair Cambodia.

The ministers "are deeply concerned over the evolving situation and armed hostilities in Ukraine" and "call on all relevant parties to exercise maximum restraint and make utmost efforts to pursue dialogues through all channels," according to the statement dated Saturday.

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