President Putin won't attend COP26 climate summit at Glasgow: Kremlin

WION Web Team
MoscowUpdated: Oct 20, 2021, 05:13 PM IST

Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Photograph:(AFP)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is yet to confirm his participation in the UN climate summit. US President Joe Biden and several other world leaders are set to attend the COP26 summit. 

According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be attending the UN climate summit or COP26 to be held in Glasgow from October 31.

"Unfortunately, Putin will not fly to Glasgow," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Kremlin added that the Russian president would not be attending the G20 summit in Rome but would take part in it virtually and not in person due to the coronavirus situation in the country.

"We need to work out in what format it will be possible to speak via video conference, at what moment," Kremlin spokesman Peskov said, adding, "The issues that will be discussed in Glasgow right now form one of the priorities of our foreign policy."

Chinese President Xi is yet to confirm his participation in the climate summit. China's special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua added that the country "attaches great importance to tackling climate change", however, it is still uncertain if the Chinese president would be attending the climate summit which is set to last until November 12.

US President Joe Biden will be attending the summit including Australian Scott Morrison who had earlier indicated he won't be attending. 

(With inputs from Agencies)