UPDATED 6:55 PM PT – Monday, July 12, 2021
The Biden Administration has advanced talks with Russia, despite recent threats of revenge for alleged cyberattacks. Biden’s Climate Envoy John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Monday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The meeting between Kerry and Lavrov came after Biden vowed to take a tough stance on Russia. However, sanctions on the Putin regime have continued to be gradually lifted.
It is critical we enhance global climate ambition on the road to Glasgow and beyond. A good start discussing opportunities with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov of @mfa_russia to tackle the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/l2we80lmBL
— Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry (@ClimateEnvoy) July 12, 2021
Kerry said he hoped to convince Russia to join Biden’s environmental goals and reduce carbon emissions. He went on to say Biden has been ready to work together with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“That it’s too important, too significant and that we very much need to move together,” he suggested. “The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, Russia is the fourth and we are among that small group of nations, 20 nations that are equivalent of about 80 percent of all emissions.”
Reports say Kerry’s pleas fell on deaf ears in Moscow and the Russian government has no plans to reduce its manufacturing outputs or fossil fuels production.