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Russia: Putin to attend COP 21 climate summit in Paris

Russia’s Vladimir Putin will attend an upcoming UN summit in Paris tasked with inking a global pact to rein in global warming, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, while warning that the planet faces a looming climate “catastrophe”.

Russia, a major oil producer, is seen as a deal-maker or breaker in the years-long attempt to negotiate the world’s first truly universal pact to rein in global warming by curbing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

“It is life on our planet itself which is at stake,” Fabius told journalists as ministers and climate envoys from 70 countries met in the French capital for pre-summit talks to iron out tough political questions.

“There is absolute urgency,” he added, in chasing the UN goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

The UN’s climate science panel has warned of an average temperature rise of “four, five, six degrees, if we do not act extremely quickly”, said Fabius.

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