5 November 2004 -- The Kremlin reports that President Vladimir Putin has given Russia's final stamp of approval to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
Putin signed a bill late yesterday confirming parliament's ratification of the pact. The move will bring the agreement into force in early 2005.
The protocol aims to stem global warming by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
The pact needed Russia's support to come into effect after the United States rejected it.