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Medvedev dissatisfied with Copenhagen climate summit

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that he is dissatisfied with the results of the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen.
"It was a lot of hot air. Unfortunately, no agreement was reached," he said in an interview with three state television channels, adding that it was not Russia's fault.
The UN climate summit, which took place in the Danish capital on December 7-18, was originally expected to see the signing of a new binding agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, some points of which expire in 2012. However, participants of the talks failed to agree on greenhouse emissions cuts and only agreed on measures to be taken to keep average increases in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius.
Only several countries have signed a declarative agreement on fighting climate change. Most analysts say the Copenhagen talks have failed.
Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would continue increasing energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions regardless of the miserable results of the summit. Even if climate change prognosis proves irrelevant, such measures would help "improve the atmosphere we live in."
Earlier, the Russian president said the country was ready to sign a legally binding agreement on fighting climate change and cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 25% of 1990 levels by 2020.

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