WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry highlighted the importance of cooperation on climate issues during a phone call, the State Department said. During the call on Wednesday, Kerry stressed that the United States and Russia have “important roles to play, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this critical decade, aiming for net-zero emissions over the long term, eliminating emissions from coal.” Russia’s presidency of the Arctic Council to address climate issues related to the Arctic”, the department said in a statement.

In addition, it said Putin “agreed about the need to redo international climate efforts and reaffirmed Russia’s intention to address its own emissions, including in the forest sector, among other actions”. The department noted that Kerry and Putin identified the urgency to act alongside recent extreme weather events and other climate impacts. They also reaffirmed the importance of working towards a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, UK, scheduled to take place between 31 October and 12 November.

The Kremlin press service said Putin stressed that Russia “places great importance on achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and calls for a non-political and professional dialogue in the region”.

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