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Russia slams Kyoto Protocol

2011-12-16 21:05

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Ministry has supported Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol and reaffirmed that Moscow will not take new commitments.

Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich told Friday's briefing that the treaty does not cover all major polluters, and thus cannot help solve the climate crisis.

Canada on Monday pulled out of the agreement - initially adopted in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, to cut carbon emissions contributing to global warming. Its move dealt a blow to the treaty, which has not been formally renounced by any other country.

The protocol requires some industrialised countries to slash emissions, but doesn't cover the world's largest polluters, China and the US.

Canada, Japan and Russia said in 2010 they will not accept new Kyoto commitments.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2011-12-16 21:12

    Fiddle while Rome burns.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-16 21:28

    So easy to pollute if it doesn't affect you - BUT do you know it won't?

  • Ian - 2011-12-17 00:30

    wow nice response from a country with one of the largest ever nuclear stuff ups

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-19 13:44

    The Kyoto Protocol although a "nice" idea was never more than a pipe dream and a waste of time, which has cost the indigenous peoples of developing countries money in extra tax's, increased food and material costs etc while developed countries have simply continued as usual with a new edge in being able to perform the same functions at lower costs. The Bottom line is any agreement which does not immediately include every country is a waste of time and effort and the 100 million or so the conference cost the host country.

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