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Putin hopes EU adopt carbon tax in dialogue with other states

President stressed that for the moment the EU has not made any fundamental, non-transparent, absolutely unfair decisions that would undermine Russia's interests

SOCHI, October 21. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin hopes that the adoption of the carbon tax in Europe will take place in dialogue with Russia and other countries, he said at a meeting of the Valdai International Club on Thursday.

"I talked to some leaders [of states], I will not name them. They understand that the positions that are being formulated at the level of European institutions are not transparent. One cannot call them fair and all this requires certain additional work. We hope this will take place in dialogue with other countries, including Russia," he said.

Putin stressed that for the moment the EU has not made any fundamental, non-transparent, absolutely unfair decisions that would undermine Russia's interests.

In December 2019, the European Commission (EC) launched the Green Deal project aimed at moving towards a greener life in the European Union, within which the EC intends to present a number of initiatives and bills in the coming years. The transition to a zero-carbon economy is planned by 2050. One of the measures under the Green Deal is the introduction of a carbon tax on imports of goods. Earlier it was reported that Russian exporters could pay between 6 bln and 50 bln euros in the form of a discussed cross-border carbon tax in the EU.