MOSCOW, Sept. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin did not give
an anticipated hint to ratify the Kyoto Protocol while opening a major climate
conference here Monday, just stressing that the decision should be linked to his
country's national interests.
Acknowledging the insistent call for Russia's soonest ratification of the
Kyoto treaty on reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, the president told
the International Conference on Climate Change that his government "is
thoroughly looking into this issue and studying the whole range of problems
connected to it."
"A decision will be made after this work is over. This decisionwill
undoubtedly meet Russia's national interests," Putin was quoted by the Interfax
news agency as saying.
The Kyoto Protocol, signed by 159 countries in the Japanese city of Kyoto
in 1997, obliges industrialized countries to reduce the level of harmful
effusions that result in the so-called greenhouse effect by 5.2 percent of 1990
levels in 2008-2012.
Under a complex weighing system, the treaty cannot come into force until
Russia, responsible for 17 percent of the world's dioxide emissions, ratifies
The five-day conference is likely to focus on arguments as to whether
Russia should ratify the protocol and how the world's major industrialized
countries can reduce their emission of greenhouse gases at the percentage fixed
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