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Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided whether he will attend the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month because of concerns about the COVID-19 situation, he said. said During a panel in Moscow on Wednesday.

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in one Interview With CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble as part of Russian Energy Week, Putin said he would “certainly participate in the work” of the conference, abbreviated as COP26, even if he did not attend in person. According to a live translation.

He also took the opportunity to talk about Russia controversial The Sputnik V vaccine, saying he almost got Covid-19 when he was “in close contact” with colleagues who had the disease but did not contract it, thanks to Sputnik V.

His comments come less than three weeks before COP26 begins on October 31, with US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron among many world leaders. slated to participate The 13-day summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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984. The number of daily Covid-19 deaths – a record high – is recorded in Russia as of Wednesday. This comes as the country is grappling with low vaccination numbers and rising infection rates.

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Putin, Agreed As a “wild card” given the Russian economy’s reliance on fossil fuel exports, participation in COP26 was not officially confirmed. But according to a recent report Businesshala report Russia could unveil plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 at the Glasgow conference, marking a reversal of Putin’s stance on climate change. According to the article, the oil-rich country is considering a commitment to reduce its net CO2 emissions by 79% by 2050. Russia is the world’s fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, the United States and India.

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