Last night the US President confirmed he would tear up the deal on climate change
Last night the US President confirmed he would tear up the deal on climate change as he felt it would hurt the US economy and weaken US sovereignty.
A presidential campaign pledge, the controversial move was widely anticipated but world leaders were quick to condemn Mr Trump’s actions.
Mr Putin said today he believed there was still a chance to thrash out a climate change deal, despite the US walking away.
Speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Mr Putin said he did not want to judge Mr Trump for his decision, but thought Washington could have remained at the table.
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The Russian leader said this could have been done by amending the scale of the US’s contributions and expectations.
He said: "The (Paris) agreement is a good one. It's a proper document aimed at solving one of today's global problems.
"We need to create the conditions for joint work because if such big emitters of greenhouse gases like the United States won't take part at all we won't be able to agree and sign an agreement on this.”
Mr Trump said the US will begin negotiations to re-enter a Paris accord
One of the signatories of the deal, which was agreed in 2015, Mr Putin added there was no point dwelling on Donald Trump’s decision.
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He said it was time to see if another deal on climate change could be worked out.
And at one point the Russian leader said: "Don't worry, be happy".
On Thursday, Mr Trump indicated he may be open to a fresh agreement.
He said he hopes to seek "a better deal" and the current "deal subjects our citizens to harsh economic restrictions" and "punishes the United States".
Mr Putin added there was no point dwelling on Mr Trump’s decision
Don't worry, be happy
Mr Trump said the US will begin negotiations to re-enter a Paris accord or new accord on terms fair to America.
He said: "But begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States.
Mr Putin said he did not want to judge Mr Trump for his decision
“So we’re getting out but we’ll start to negotiate and we’ll see if we can make a deal that’s fair."
Russia has signed the Paris climate pact, but is the biggest emitter of global greenhouse gases not to have ratified it yet.