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US Envoy Kerry Skips Group Photo With Russia at Climate Talks

  • Leaders ‘bothered’ by Russian presence, US diplomat Kerry says
  • John Kerry spoke to reporters at pre-COP27 meetings in Congo
Environmental ministers at the Pre-COP27 climate talks in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, Oct. 3.
Environmental ministers at the Pre-COP27 climate talks in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, Oct. 3.Photographer: Michael J. Kavanagh/Bloomberg
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US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry skipped a group photo that included a Russian official at pre-COP27 climate talks in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kerry said he was among several western officials who shunned the photo opportunity. The US has imposed waves of sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.