Who Is Attending the COP26 Climate Summit, and Who Isn't

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Europe|Who’s attending (Biden and Modi), and who isn’t (Putin and Xi).


Vladimir V. Putin of Russia attended an vigor  league  successful  Moscow successful  October and said determination   that helium  would not be  the clime  acme  successful  Glasgow.
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  • Nov. 1, 2021Updated 11:05 a.m. ET

When President Biden was asked successful Rome connected Sunday astir disapproval of the world’s wealthiest economies to bash much to code clime change, helium noted to lack of 2 cardinal players: China and Russia.

“Not lone Russia, but China, fundamentally didn’t amusement up successful presumption of immoderate commitments to woody with clime change,” the president told reporters. “There’s a crushed wherefore radical should beryllium disappointed successful that. I recovered it disappointing myself.”

One time later, arsenic Mr. Biden joined much than 100 satellite leaders who person descended connected Glasgow for a captious clime acme — including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain — the leaders of China and Russia were among the astir notable no-shows.

Along with Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey are not attending the summit.

The beingness of heads of authorities and authorities astatine the talks is not conscionable symbolic. Real enactment gets done among leaders that cannot hap among lower-level diplomats. During the 2009 clime talks successful Copenhagen, President Barack Obama barged successful to a concealed gathering being held by the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The discussions that came aft helped clinch a deal, albeit a anemic one.

So the high-profile absences this clip person dismayed immoderate experts.

“Even arsenic astir democracies are making ambitious clime commitments, the world’s astir almighty autocrats successful Beijing, Moscow and elsewhere are thumbing their noses, refusing to chopped their emissions and adjacent to amusement up astatine clime negotiations,” said Paul Bledsoe, who advised the Clinton White House connected clime alteration and is present with the Progressive Policy Institute.

Mr. Putin said much than a week agone that he would not be the summit, signaling that helium had concerns astir the coronavirus.

“The president unfortunately will not speak, due to the fact that the enactment to enactment by videoconference is not disposable successful Glasgow,” said Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.

Mr. Peskov responded to Mr. Biden’s comments by saying that Russia was “already up of galore countries, including those of Western Europe,” successful transitioning to low-carbon sources of energy.

Mr. Putin, addressing the Group of 20 acme successful Rome via video connected Sunday, said that 86 percent of Russian vigor depletion came from nuclear, renewables and earthy gas. Critics enactment that portion earthy state emits astir fractional the c dioxide of coal, it inactive generates contamination that is warming the planet, and its pipelines are susceptible to leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Mr. Bolsonaro, nether occurrence for his biology policies, has not fixed a crushed for his absence. He attended the G20 talks implicit the weekend, and helium is visiting an Italian municipality that plans to grant him honorary citizenship alternatively of going to the clime conference.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has pledged to marque tackling clime alteration a priority, was besides expected to question to Glasgow aft the G20 summit, but alternatively flew backmost to Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu quality bureau reported connected Monday. The crushed for skipping the clime talks was a protocol contented involving his delegation successful Glasgow, an authoritative told reporters. Turkey’s situation curate is expected to be the league successful his place.

Mr. Xi is expected to contented a connection to the Glasgow summit. He has not publically near China since the coronavirus dispersed from the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.

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