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17 December 2011

Russia slams Kyoto Protocol

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Ministry has supported Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol and reaffirmed that Moscow will not take new commitments.

Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich told Friday's briefing that the treaty does not cover all major polluters, and thus cannot help solve the climate crisis.

Canada on Monday pulled out of the agreement - initially adopted in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, to cut carbon emissions contributing to global warming. Its move dealt a blow to the treaty, which has not been formally renounced by any other country.

The protocol requires some industrialised countries to slash emissions, but doesn't cover the world's largest polluters, China and the US.

Canada, Japan and Russia said in 2010 they will not accept new Kyoto commitments.

- AP