Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow was “ready” to increase gas exports, while some countries in Europe accuse Moscow of deliberately not increasing supplies as the continent faces a gas crisis.
“If they ask us to increase supplies, we are ready to do so. “We are increasing supplies as our partners demand,” Putin told an energy forum in Moscow.
Putin also said that Russia aspires to become carbon neutral by 2060. “Russia in practice aims at carbon neutrality for its economy,” he said from the Russian capital.
“And we have set a deadline for this – no later than 2060.”
Speaking about the future of the world energy market, Putin said that “the role of oil and gas will decline.”
Although the Russian president has been skeptical for several years about human impact on climate change, he seems to have changed his tone in recent years.
“The planet needs responsible action by all market participants – both producers and consumers – to focus in the long run on the interests of sustainable development for all of our countries,” Putin said on Wednesday.
Russia is currently the world’s fourth largest carbon emitter, and critics say the country is doing little to reduce the crisis.
According to many scientists, Russia – especially the regions of Siberia and the Arctic – is among the countries most exposed to climate change.
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