Putin against Kyoto Protocol extension
Russian prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a statement that he prefers conclusion of a new climate agreement, but not an extension for the existing Kyoto Protocol. He said this on February, 10 at a summit of the nations of the Baltic Sea in Helsinki. According to environmental NGOs, the new agreement is indeed more preferable - but there is a risk that in the near future countries will be unable to agree. In this case, the Kyoto remains the only international mechanism, and its extension may become necessary and more easier measure than reaching a new agreement.
"We believe there is a need to aim at forming a unified universal agreement for a post-Kyoto period, and such an agreement would certainly stimulate real shifts in terms of ecology", said Putin.
At the same time Russia's Prime Minister admitted that the process of preparing an international agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires on December 31, 2012, is at a standstill.
"Unfortunately, the two-year negotiation process, and without exaggeration, almost dramatic developments at the conference [in Copenhagen] did not bring in any specific result", - said Putin.
Mr. Putin's statement reiterates position pronounced by the Presidential Adviser on Climate Alexander Bedritsky at a conference in Copenhagen in December, that Russia finds prolongation of the Kyoto Protocol to be 'senseless'.
The representatives of Russia's delegation also said that Russia does not insist on the transfer of unused quotas to the post-Kyoto period.
The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997 and entered into force with ratification by Russia in 2004.
Russian Socio-Ecological Union and a number of Russia's civil society organizations believe that there is a need to crate a legally binding international agreement. However, given the complexity of the negotiation process, it is essential to continue the efforts of the Kyoto Protocol working group to extend the protocol, until there is a comprehensive legally binding agreement that meets the current situation and includes the main positive elements of the Kyoto Protocol.