MOSCOW, November 24. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes for closer cooperation with the United States in the environment protection sphere after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, a senior Russian official said on Thursday.
"As for ecology, I think yes," Sergei Ivanov, Russian president’s special envoy for nature protection, ecology and transport, said when asked by TASS whether the two countries would develop relations in this sphere. "I don’t rule that out," he said.
As an example of environmental cooperation, Ivanov cited the extension of a unique marine protected area in the Ross Sea near Antarctic initiated by Russia and the United States.
"The goal of this joint initiative was to preserve the population of unique fish whelk," the Kremlin official said. "This fish is very delicious, so it has almost gone extinct.".
Russia to decide on ways to reduce carbon dioxide emission before ratifying Paris accord
Russia is to decide what is to be done to reduce carbon dioxide emissions before the ratification of the Paris climate agreement, Russian president’s envoy said.
"We are to decide what is to be done to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere," he said, adding that it is necessary to take into account the fact that Russia has the world’s biggest forests which absorb emissions.
"Thanks to its forests, Russia is taking in a huge amount of CO2 emitted by other countries," Ivanov noted.
When asked whether other countries could be expected to pay Russia for absorbing toxic emission by its forests, the Kremlin official said, "Not excluded."
Russia signed but has not yet ratified the Paris climate accord, Ivanov reminded.