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June 16, 2007 -- Russia says it will meet its greenhouse gas emissions levels as stipulated by the Kyoto treaty.
Deputy economic development minister Andrei Sharonov said "even by the most optimistic forecasts of economic development," Russia will not exceed its emissions target under the protocol.
Sharonov also said Russia is open to joint projects with foreign investors to improve the emissions efficiency of its industries.
The Post-Soviet Environment
The skull of a male saiga antelope in Kalmykia. Saiga numbers have collapsed disastrously over the last decade. (shpilenok.com)
THE FRAGILE PLANET: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, old environmental disasters have come to light and new ones have emerged. War, poverty, and weak central-government control have led to serious environmental problems from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East. RFE/RL has provided extensive coverage of these important issues and of efforts to cope with them.