In answer to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that panic around Trump’s decision has been blown way out of proportion.
Putin stated that there is still time before the agreement goes into effect.
“Don’t worry, be happy,” Putin said in English.
“This agreement [the Paris Agreement on climate change] has not yet even come in effect. It will come into effect in 2021. So we still have time. If we all work constructively, we can agree on something,” he said.
“The United States has ratified [this agreement], as I recall, but we [Russia] have not yet.
“We haven’t done this because we want to wait until when the rules of allocation of resources, and other technical – but important – issues, are ironed out.”
The Russian President also joked that any bad weather around the globe could now be blamed on American Imperialism.
“By the way, we should be grateful to President Trump. In Moscow it’s raining and cold and even, they say, some snow. Now we could blame this all on American imperialism, that it’s all their fault. But we won’t.”
Putin made his remarks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from Paris Agreement – in line with his campaign promises – caused discontent among some of the world’s leaders, including the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
Some of the leading European magazines went a step further, with French Liberation posting ‘Goodbye America’ on the cover, while the Berlin Courier depicted the planet earth with a message: ‘Earth to Trump: Fu~~k you!’