Marcos: Russia-Ukraine war 'unacceptable'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Saturday called for an end to the war between Russia and Ukraine, which he described as "unacceptable," and urged both sides to pursue diplomatic solutions.

"We asked all parties involved… that peace be brought back to Ukraine and that confrontation be brought to the diplomatic space," Marcos said on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

Marcos warned the effects of the war were "not solely upon Ukraine or Russia," and have been "so far-reaching and profound to the detriment of many economies and the food supply of everyone in the world."

"We have to stop the fighting and we have to move on to diplomacy so that at least these other aspects of Ukrainian and Russian economy be productive again," he said.

In a declaration, the APEC said "most" of its members strongly condemn the war and emphasized that it is causing immense human suffering and aggravating already-existing economic fragilities.