John Kerry Says Washington, Moscow Must Urgently Cooperate on Climate

Considering the fact that they’re among the leaders in greenhouse gas emissions, US and Russia, must act together on climate change, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry emphasized during talks with President Putin’s climate envoy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Policy reports.

Kerry said that it’s too important and significant to deal with the climate issue separately, adding that US, as the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is among the small group of 20 nations that is the equivalent of 80% of all emissions.

He pointed that Washington wants to work with Moscow ahead of the UN climate change conference in Glasgow later this year but did not publicly say what the US proposals were, underscoring that the cooperation between Washington and Moscow on climate must develop despite the existing disagreements.

Kerry told Lavrov that he’s aware of the differences in the relationship between the two countries, but noted that the US is pleased that Russia wants now to take additional steps toward cooperation, adding that climate change in the Arctic was one of many warning signs of the need to act.

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