- Title: Putin says there is still time to get climate change deal
- Date: 2nd June 2017
- Summary: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (JUNE 2, 2017) (RUSSIAN POOL) PANEL DISCUSSION PARTICIPANTS ARRIVING ON STAGE, BEING SEATED AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "If we look at exactly what these Paris agreements are - in general they are a framework document. (WIDE OF STAGE) Everything they contain (CLOSE OF PUTIN) is up to national governments to decide, there are no obligatory demands. All countries make independent decisions." WIDE OF STAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "The United States has ratified this agreement as far as I remember, we haven't yet. (HOST MEGYN KELLY LISTENING) But we didn't do this because we want to wait until the rules (CLOSE OF PUTIN) of resource distribution are formulated and other purely technical but important things." AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I would not judge now President (Barack) Obama, oh.. I meant to say President (Donald) Trump, because President Obama made a certain decision, but maybe the acting president (WIDE OF STAGE) thinks it is not thoroughly thought through, maybe he thinks there are no resources needed for it. All of this needs to be looked at carefully. (CLOSE OF PUTIN) In my opinion, it was possible not to withdraw from the Paris agreements, because they have a framework type nature." MAN LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (AUDIO STARTS OF KELLY LISTENING): "It seems to me that right now (SHOT OF PUTIN) rather than make noise over it, we need to create conditions for mutual work. Because if countries that are big emitters, like the United States, will not take part at all - it will be impossible to negotiate and sign any kind of agreement in this sphere. (WIDE OF STAGE) So we have to come from what we have but aspire to carry out this work (CLOSE OF PUTIN) in a constructive way." AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian/English) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (AUDIO STARTS OVER SIDE VIEW OF PUTIN SPEAKING, THEN CLOSE OF PUTIN): "So we still have time. If we all work constructively we still have a chance to agree on something. (WIDE OF STAGE / IN ENGLISH) Don't worry, be happy." KELLY LAUGHING WIDE OF FORUM
- Embargoed: 16th June 2017 14:25
- Keywords: Russian President Vladimir Putin economic forum St Petersburg Russia
- Location: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
- City: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JL51L3
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- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (June 2) he wouldn't judge U.S. President Donald Trump for quitting a landmark climate pact, but said he thought Washington could have stayed in the agreement.
Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin said the 2015 Paris accord was a good document, but that Russia had not yet ratified it because it was waiting for certain technical details to be settled.
Putin said he thought there was still time to reach an agreement on the climate change deal despite Washington's withdrawal.
"Don't worry, be happy," he quipped in English.
World leaders have pledged to unite to save the environment, standing firmly against President Trump's decision to take his country out of the Paris climate change pact. But Russia's Putin warned about the accord's impact on jobs and poverty.
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