US President Joe Biden, on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow, reproached Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping for “failing to attend” climate events, The New York Times writes on November 2.
Biden pitted the American leadership against the efforts of China and Russia, whose leaders did not attend the United Nations (UN) climate change summit in Glasgow.
“I think it was a big mistake for China not to appear at the conference. They have lost the ability to influence people around the world and people here at the summit. It’s just a giant problem and they are gone. How do you do it, and then claim that you have some kind of claim to leadership, “Biden complained about the leader of the PRC.
His American counterpart also criticized President Putin. In his opinion, one should behave differently, writes Gazeta Ru.
“His tundra is on fire. Literally, the tundra is on fire. He has serious climate problems. And he doesn’t say a word about his intention to change anything, ”Biden added.
On the whole, the US President spoke positively about the agreements concluded at the summit.
“I cannot remember a single day when more would have been achieved,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson respected the decision of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to refuse to participate in the climate summit.
On the same day, November 2, Putin made a video message at the 26th conference, timed to coincide with the adoption of the declaration on the protection of forests. The Russian leader pointed out that Russia, in an effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, is also relying on the unique resource of its forests.
The head of state added that Russian forests account for about 20% of the world’s forests, and the country is taking vigorous measures to protect them. Putin also noted that Russia supports the approval of the draft joint declaration on forests, developed in Glasgow.