May 23, 2022
After the APEC Ministerial Meeting on Trade, Japan, along with Australia, Canada, Chile, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States, issued a following joint media release condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
On May 21 and 22, 2022, Mr. HAGIUDA Koichi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Mr. MIYAKE Shingo, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs participated in the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Thailand.
After the meeting, Japan, Australia, Canada, Chile, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States issued the joint media release condemning Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine.
Joint media release of Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States
on the occasion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting, 21-22 May 2022
“We express our unwavering support for APEC and are fully committed to helping Thailand, as APEC
Chair in 2022, deliver a successful host year.
We are united in our resolve to ensure peace and stability in our region and to uphold international
law, recognizing these are preconditions for the inclusive and sustainable economic growth for
which we strive.
We condemn in the strongest terms, the unprovoked war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine.
We express our grave concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation and at the threatening of
food and energy security in the world caused by Russia’s actions, which has further destabilized the
global economy and global supply chains as well as undermined our ability to recover from COVID19.
We express our concern regarding volatility in energy markets and underscore the need to promote
energy resilience, access, and security in the region.
Similarly, we affirm our commitment to a well-functioning food system, which is critical to our
people’s health and wellbeing and to the success of our economies. A rise in food insecurity, due to
Russia’s invasion, is being felt around the world, and disproportionately by the most vulnerable.
Reaffirming the importance of the rules-based international order that underpins an open, dynamic,
resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific region, we strongly urge Russia to immediately cease its use of
force and completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from Ukraine.