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Adviser confirms Putin's plans to attend Paris climate change conference

November 17, 2015, 10:54 UTC+3
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) chaired by France will be held in Le Bourget, France, from November 30 to December 11
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

MOSCOW, November 17./TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not reversed his plans to take part in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, due to open in Paris on November 30, Putin’s adviser for climate issues told Tass on Tuesday.

"If the president had cancelled it, this would have been announced," Alexander Bedritsky said. There is no other information," he said in reply to the query whether Putin’s plans to take part in the conference remained unchanged.

Russia wants to see the Paris Climate Change Conference work succeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote earlier in his article titled "APEC: Towards open and equal cooperation in the interests of development" published by leading media in the Asia-Pacific region.

"This conference will try to reach a global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Russia wants to see this work succeed and we have already presented our report on our country’s contribution to these efforts," he wrote.

The article said rapid economic growth was impossible without guaranteed energy security in the APEC region and fair and long-term climate regulation.

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) chaired by France will be held in Le Bourget, France, from November 30 to December 11. It will be the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference’s objective is to reach a new international agreement on climate applicable to all countries aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the conference’s organizers, for the first time during 20 years of negotiations within the framework of the United Nations, the future climate agreement will be universal bringing together all biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, both developed and developing countries.

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