Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was undecided on whether he would be attending the COP26 climate event in Glasgow at the end of this month.
Speaking during a panel in Moscow last Wednesday, the Russian President expressed concerns over Covid-19 being the reason for his indecisiveness.
However, it has now emerged that Putin will not be attending the event but it’s understood that he will be taking part in the event remotely.
The 13-day summit, which is scheduled to begin on the 31st of October, will include many world leaders such as US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.
It will also be hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has encouraged all leaders to attend the ‘critical’ summit.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has assured that the leader will take part in the event remotely, “We need to work out in what format it will be possible to speak via video conference, at what moment,”.
Being the fourth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world, Russia is warming 2.8 times higher than the global average, however, Putin stated last week that Russia would strive to become carbon neutral no later than the year 2006 and that it was ready for dialogue in relation to tackling climate change.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has not made a clear indication as to whether he will be attending the event with China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua stating that they are currently awaiting further information.
Uncertainties surrounding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attendance at the event have also arisen.
This has caused concerns amongst many leaders as both China and India are major worldwide polluters.
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