Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate this Thursday by videoconference in the international climate summit proposed by his American counterpart Joe Biden, the Kremlin said on Monday.
“Vladimir Putin will present Russia’s approach in the context of establishing broad international cooperation to overcome the negative consequences of climate change,” the Russian presidency said in a statement.
Good Moscow climates
In all, 40 world leaders were invited to this meeting, on April 22 and 23, which was supposed to mark Washington’s return to the fight against climate change after the disengagement of Donald Trump’s presidency. At the end of March, Joe Biden invited Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping to take part. The latter has not yet confirmed his participation.
The positive response from the Russians comes amid rising tensions between the Kremlin and the West, which clash in several international issues, notably over Ukraine and in the case of the imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny. Climate issues appear to be one of the last possible areas of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
Moscow and Washington against the climate
According to many scientists, Russia’s Siberia and the Arctic are among the regions most exposed to climate change. They have recorded in recent years records of heat and gigantic fires.
At the beginning of March, Moscow and Washington had already indicated that they had resumed cooperation on the climate with the new American administration.
The Kremlin representative on this subject, Ruslan Edelguériev, had spoken with the US climate envoy and former secretary of state, John Kerry. The Russian official had indicated that the main areas of cooperation with Washington would be the protection of the Arctic, as well as cooperation in the forestry sector and that of civilian nuclear power, in a context of energy transition.