The Russian President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, responded to Biden’s words about forest fires in Russia noting that the same thing happens in California and Turkey, so it’s not a problem for only Russia.
Joe Biden criticized Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at the Climate Change Summit, which is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. He recalled that Russia and China “did not show up” for the G20 meeting in Rome. According to him, China claims to be a world leader, but de facto does not participate in forums such as the G20.
“Same with Putin, and Russia. Literally, the tundra is burning. He has serious, serious climate problems. And he is mum on the willingness to do anything,” claimed Biden.
However, the Kremlin does not agree with this statement. Peskov noted that Russia is not only fighting fires, but also diversifying the energy balance, and this, according to him, has already yielded results.
“The tundra is really burning, but let’s not forget that forests are burning in California, forests are burning in Turkey and in other countries of the world. These are, among other things, the very consequences of climate change that we are facing,” he noted.
Moreover, the Russian President will be able to tell Biden personally about Russia’s actions in this direction, Peskov promised.
“I am convinced that when the next communication between the two presidents takes place, […] Putin will have a great opportunity to tell Biden about what we are doing on climate,” Sputnik cites the Press Secretary.
Anyway, the Russian and Chinese presidents who did not attend the event in person still took part in it via video connection.
“Russia’s climatic actions are not intended to be timed to coincide with any event. We, of course, are not downplaying the significance of the event in Glasgow, but Russia’s actions are consistent […] and very serious, thoughtful in terms of the climate,” Peskov concluded.