RTE 1.30pm The Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been quoted as saying that his country has no intention of joining the Paris climate agreement despite his nation’s economic clout.
However, he said he does not believe that the Paris agreement will be a good deal for his country.”
It’s not going to be our government that is going to make the decision.”
However, he said he does not believe that the Paris agreement will be a good deal for his country.
Mr Putin said his country was a member of the climate negotiations and it had accepted that it was a necessary part of the international accord.
“We will not take any steps to change it,” Mr Putin was quoted as telling AP.
The Russian leader, who took office last month, said that the US would not join the Paris deal and would not support his country joining the agreement.
“The US has already said they will not participate in the climate deal, that they are not going, and they will leave the group,” he said.
“And so we can say that we are not the ones to make such decisions.”
The Paris agreement aims to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels and to limit the rise in temperatures to no less than 2C (3F).
The agreement was signed in Paris in December 2015 and came into force in 2020.
The pact aims to ensure that a third of the world’s population has access to electricity and a minimum of 2 per cent of the planet’s resources are under the control of the countries that sign it.
Mr Trump’s administration has threatened to withdraw the US from the deal.
“Our country’s leaders should come together and not make this deal for their own benefit.
They should come up with a better agreement,” Mr Trump said at a news conference in September.
Russia has long sought to increase its economic clout through energy and tourism, which has seen it become one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world.
Its economy is already growing at about a 10 per cent annual rate, and its population has been growing at an average of about 6.6 per cent per year for decades.
But Mr Putin has criticised the agreement for being too slow to adopt renewable energy sources, including wind and solar.