The APEC-Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council's trade ministers' meeting began in Thailand on the 21st, and when the Russian minister said, five countries including Japan and the United States would show their intention to protest the invasion of Ukraine. It turned out that the representative had left.

APEC's trade ministers' meeting, which includes 21 countries and regions such as Japan, the United States, and Russia, is being held in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, from the 21st to the 2nd.

According to several conference officials, when Russia's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Reshetnikov made a statement at the meeting on the first day, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagita, US Trade Representative Catherine Thailand, and Australia, New Zealand, and Canada totaled five. It means that the representative of the country has left.

Minister Hagiuda told reporters that he had discussed with five countries in advance and left to show his intention to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

At this meeting of trade ministers, it is expected that the impact of the invasion of Ukraine will be discussed as well as the state of trade and investment within the APEC region.

APEC is scheduled to hold a summit meeting in November, but it is unclear how much substantive discussions can be held due to the different attitudes toward Russia among the participating countries and regions.