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[greenyes] Kyoto Treaty - Russian Ratification Expected by UK

London Independent

US isolated as Russia moves to back Kyoto
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
23 May 2004

President George Bush's bid to stop international action to combat global
warming faces failure this weekend, as he is left more isolated than ever
before both at home and abroad.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin - who will effectively decide whether the
Kyoto Protocol stands or falls - announced on Friday that his country would
"rapidly move towards ratification" in the wake of a complex deal with the
European Union.

One British source close to negotiating the deal said yesterday that the
announcement was "more than I had dared to hope". Another said he thought it
increased the likelihood of the treaty coming into effect "from less that 50
per cent to about 90 per cent".


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