Putin: Russia to back binding global climate deal

Putin Russia to back bi

November 2, 2009 22:34

Russia will support a new global warming treaty only if it requires nations to make binding commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday. The final climate change pact - meant to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol - should also take into account the capability of Russia's vast forests to absorb carbon dioxide, Putin said, adding that Kyoto did not "quite include" the issue. Russia has the world's largest forest reserves, covering some 8 million square kilometers.

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