As the nations President Donald Trump portrayed as economic rivals that would have gained from U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement criticized his decision to withdraw form the accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a different approach.
“Don’t worry, be happy,” Putin told an economic forum in St. Petersburg on Friday. Putin also threw in a joke about the agreement and Moscow’s weather.
“By the way, we should be grateful to President Trump. In Moscow, it’s raining and cold and even, they say, some snow,” Putin said.
“Now, we could blame this all on American imperialism, that it’s all their fault,” he continued. “But we won’t.”
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Putin said that in the aftermath of Trump’s decision, nations need to find a solution that brings the U.S. to the table.
You shouldn’t make a noise about this, but should create the conditions for joint work,” Putin said. “If such a major emitter as the U.S. is not going to cooperate entirely then it won’t be possible to agree any deal in this area.”"Putin said the Paris Agreement was still, in his mind, a work in progress.
‘In my view it was possible (for the U.S.) not to leave the Paris agreement because it is a framework deal, and it was possible to change the U.S. obligations inside the framework of these agreements,” he said. “But what has been said has been said. And we need to think what to do further.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, said Europe will address climate change without help from the United States.
"We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change,” Merkel said.
“The decision of the U.S. president to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is very regrettable, and I’m expressing myself in a very reserved way when I say that,” she said.
German anger over Trump’s action was typified in the headline of the Berliner Kurier, a tabloid, which wrote, “Earth to Trump – f**k you!”
Trump, in rejecting the Paris accord, said those who supported it did so not for the sake of the climate, but to gain a competitive advantage over the United States.
"The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country’s expense,” Trump said Thursday.
“The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance,” Trump added.
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