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Russia: Novak reacts to U.S. leaving climate agreement02:06

Russia: Novak reacts to U.S. leaving climate agreement

Russian Federation, St.Petersburg
June 2, 2017 at 14:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak commented on US' decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement speaking from the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Friday.

The Minister stated "(US) is one of the largest countries, which releases a fairly large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Approximately 15% of the world's total. They undertook serious obligations," though optimistically adding that "the commitments, which the United States of America entered, in order to exit, it might take at least three years, according to UN standards. This is a fairly serious period during which many different decisions can take place".

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement is the first legally-binding global deal aimed at reducing climate emissions in the fight against climate change.

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Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak commented on US' decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement speaking from the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Friday.

The Minister stated "(US) is one of the largest countries, which releases a fairly large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Approximately 15% of the world's total. They undertook serious obligations," though optimistically adding that "the commitments, which the United States of America entered, in order to exit, it might take at least three years, according to UN standards. This is a fairly serious period during which many different decisions can take place".

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement is the first legally-binding global deal aimed at reducing climate emissions in the fight against climate change.

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