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Putin Says Russia Will Target Carbon Neutrality by 2060

  • Announcement comes before global climate talks in Glasgow
  • Putin didn’t provide any details on net-zero goal in speech
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Photographer: OZAN KOSE/AFP

Russia will seek to become carbon neutral within four decades, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, marking a stunning reversal in his stance on climate change. 

“We set a specific aim here -- no later than 2060,” Putin said in his speech at the Russian Energy Week conference in Moscow. His pledge is the latest in a string of national green commitments being announced ahead of United Nations-sponsored climate talks that kick off in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the month.