Russian parliament says yes to Kyoto

Duma's vote rewards European persistence, clears the way for global climate treaty to enter force

The Russian parliament voted to ratify the Kyoto climate protocol on Friday. The move means the last hurdle has been crossed for the treaty to enter legal force. Claims, especially from America, that the treaty was "dead" have been scotched. The EU, having been Kyoto's main champion, could reap political dividends.

The Duma's vote had been expected following the Russian government's decision to back Kyoto in late September. Members cast 334 votes in favour of ratification, with 73 against and two abstentions, news agency Interfax reported. The vote means the protocol will enter force early next year (EED 30/09/04).

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