Vladimir Putin will not attend COP26 for Russia, one of the world’s worst carbon emitters
Mr Peskov said the Russian side would be represented at the summit but details would be released at a later date.
With Mr. Putin’s withdrawal comes major question marks as to the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Neither have yet announced their presence. China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and India the third.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping to secure firmer commitments from governments around the world to put an end to unmanageable climate change.
Its official spokesperson said Britain “will obviously strongly encourage leaders to attend, given that this is a very critical time in terms of tackling climate change.”
Countries should be “represented at a higher level” in order to make “meaningful decarbonization commitments,” the Downing Street spokesman told reporters.
So far, “more than 120” leaders have confirmed their attendance, he said.
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The Russian president’s decision not to attend comes after Queen Elizabeth II was heard last week berating world leaders for “talking” but “not doing” enough about the climate change crisis.
The Queen, who will attend events related to the rally, complained that she was not sure which leaders were coming.
His intervention echoed similar comments from his eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, who said he feared world leaders “just talk.”
“The problem is to act on the ground,” he told the BBC in an interview broadcast last week.
The Queen’s grandson, Prince Charles’ eldest son Prince William, also entered, warning dignitaries of “smart speech, smart words, but not enough action”.
Held between October 31 and November 12, the gathering will be the largest climate conference since the historic discussions in Paris in 2015, and is seen as a crucial step in setting global emissions targets to slow global warming. climate.
Last week, Mr Putin said that Russia, one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas, is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2060.