Russia and the US have agreed to work collectively within the struggle in opposition to local weather change, with each nations believing cooperation on this sphere may result in lowered tensions between Washington and Moscow sooner or later.
The joint acknowledgement of cooperation got here after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US local weather change envoy John Kerry met in Moscow on Monday as a part of the American’s four-day journey to the capital. Kerry is the highest-ranking official from President Joe Biden’s administration to have visited Russia since his January inauguration.
After the assembly, each officers have been optimistic about how the nations, two of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, may work collectively for the way forward for the surroundings.
In explicit, Kerry advised Lavrov that Washington wished to work with Moscow earlier than the upcoming landmark UN local weather change convention happening in Glasgow in November.
“We are pleased that Russia wants now to take steps, additional steps, because your country is impacted [by climate change], obviously. And we believe that there is space for us to cooperate on this,” he stated.
There stay sure disagreements between the 2 nations, however the local weather agenda should be mentioned individually, Kerry defined, additionally noting that he had mentioned “worse” issues with Lavrov previously, equivalent to nuclear weapons.
Following the assembly, the envoy wrote on Twitter that the assembly had been a “good start.”
It is essential we improve world local weather ambition on the highway to Glasgow and past. A great begin discussing alternatives with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov of @mfa_russia to deal with the local weather disaster. pic.twitter.com/l2we80lmBL
— Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry (@Local weatherEnvoy) July 12, 2021
Lavrov, in flip, famous that he believed Kerry’s go to to be a constructive signal for the way forward for Russo-American relations.
“I consider your visit to Moscow to be very timely,” the overseas minister stated. “I also consider your visit to be an important and positive signal for the development of our bilateral relations, for alleviating the tension, and establishing substantive and professional work in the areas where we can find common ground.”
Last month, throughout President Vladimir Putin’s annual ‘Direct Line’ call-in present, the Russian chief steered that local weather change was affecting Russia sooner than many different nations on the planet, and referred to as on the nation to organize for extreme social and financial penalties brought on by world warming.
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