Russia has confirmed it will not sign up to extended greenhouse gas targets in the UN’s Kyoto Protocol because it considers such a move “ineffective” according to its Foreign Ministry.
A Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said yesterday the climate regime must be “truly universal”.
Russia joins Canada and Japan in failing to adopt emissions targets beyond the first 2008-2012 period. Russia said it plans to continue attending climate talks and to co-operate with all parties concerned.
The country said it prefers to focus on UN plans for a new international deal by 2015 which would mean developed and developing countries would limit gas emissions, starting from 2020, according to reports.