US envoy and Putin agree to work together on climate issues – US State Department

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes U.S. climate envoy John Kerry during their meeting in Moscow, Russia July 12, 2021. Dimitar Dilkoff/Pool via REUTERS

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WASHINGTON, July 14 (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Wednesday that the United States and Russia should work together on climate issues, the United States said. the US State Department in a statement.

“Recognizing recent extreme weather events and other climate impacts, as well as the urgency to act,” the statement said, Putin and Kerry “stressed the importance for the United States and Russia to work together on a series of climatic problems”.

Kerry was in Moscow for Wednesday’s phone call. He met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday to discuss ideas on how to fight global warming. Read more

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During the call, Kerry told Putin that the United States and Russia had an important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the State Department.

“Putin agreed on the need to redouble international climate efforts and affirmed Russia’s intention to address its own emissions, including in the forestry sector, among other actions,” the statement said.

In its reading of the appeal, the Kremlin said climate change was an area in which Moscow and Washington had common interests. He said Putin told Kerry that the climate dialogue should not be politicized. Read more

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Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Richard Pullin

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