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US decision to quit Paris climate agreement regrettable, says Russian diplomat

The US accounts for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman recalled
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova  Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
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MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Washington’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change is deeply regrettable, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Friday.

"The US president’s decision on that score is deeply regrettable," she said. "The refusal of the state, which accounts for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, to take part in the universal international legal agreement can substantially limit the potential of joint international efforts to reduce the anthropogenic impact on our planet’s climate system."

"At the same time, we would like to hope that the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will not lead to the US administration’s refusal to take climate-related steps at the national level," the diplomat added.