U.S. and Russia Invoke G20 to Help UN Paris Climate Deal; U.S. and Germany fail to Settle on Natural Gas Pipe (1)

США и Россия призвали "Группу двадцати" помочь ООН в климатической сделке в Париже

By Mathew Carr

July 16-19, 2021 (LONDON): Here is the joint statement between the two nations in full: https://www.state.gov/u-s-russia-joint-statement-addressing-the-climate-challenge/

Joint Statement on the Climate Challenge between John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Russian Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues and Adviser to the President of Russia.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Russian Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues Ruslan Edelgeriyev recognize ‎the need to address the increasing climate challenge with seriousness and urgency.  They are committed to the robust implementation of the Paris Agreement and its temperature goals, including through significant efforts in this decade and the global pursuit of net-zero emissions, recognizing the importance of enhancing carbon sequestration by forests and other ecosystems.  They will work together and with others to actively promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, UK, and a G20 that contributes to such success.  In addition, they will cooperate on climate-related issues in the Arctic.

They also intend to work together bilaterally on a range of climate-related issues.  Topics will include, among others, satellite monitoring of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases; forests and agriculture‎; climate and the Arctic, including black carbon; reducing emissions from non-CO2 gases, including methane; enhanced nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies under the Paris Agreement; energy efficiency; climate finance; nature-based solutions; and implementation of joint climate projects.

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COMMENT: Interestingly, this statement was published as the U.S. and Germany struck a climate agreement. Russia is wanting to expand its supply of natural gas by pipeline to Germany, while the U.S. wants to sell liquefied natural gas to Europe.

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Thursday to settle their dispute over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors, Reuters reported (See link below).

“Good friends can disagree,” Biden told reporters after two meetings with Merkel at the White House, adding that both leaders had asked their teams to look at practical measures they could take together if Russia’s actions posed a threat.

See: https://carrzee.org/2021/07/16/the-u-s-and-germany-agree-to-boost-their-help-for-emerging-nations-cutting-emissions/ for context and tweet to joint press conference

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Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/biden-expressed-concerns-about-nord-stream-2-merkel-2021-07-15/

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