Russia "to ratify Kyoto protocol"

Putin approves climate treaty, asks Duma to back ratification; ministries given three months to draft implementation plans

Russia's government has taken a further decisive step towards ratifying the Kyoto protocol. According to the Interfax news agency the Kremlin, led by president Vladimir Putin, has formally approved the treaty and asked the Russian parliament to back ratification. The development has prompted a flood of praise from Kyoto supporters.

Interfax says the government has also given Kyoto-relevant ministries three months to develop a "comprehensive plan" for implementing Russia's obligations under the protocol. Both steps were taken at a government meeting on Thursday. Signs that a decision was imminent had emerged at the end of last week (EED 24/09/04).

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