Germany urges closer work with Russia on climate change: FT

Germany has called for stepped-up cooperation with Russia on climate change in a contentious new effort to mend strained EU ties with Moscow, the Financial Times has reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference after talks in Moscow in January 2020.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference after talks in Moscow in January 2020.Photo: EPA/PAVEL GOLOVKIN

The European Union should develop a “concrete and detailed strategy” on global warming as part of a broader attempt to “selectively engage” Russia, according to a document drawn up by the German government and cited by the British newspaper.

The German proposal comes ahead of EU leaders’ talks on Russia this month and highlights deepening divisions within the 27-nation bloc over how to handle Russia, the Financial Times reported.

It noted that the recent detention of poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has put a further strain on the EU’s troubled relationship with Moscow.

While some EU members including France have favoured engaging with Moscow, a growing group of member states including Poland and the Baltic states see such ideas as unrealistic and unwise in the face of the Kremlin’s behaviour, the FT said in its article, which was penned by Michael Peel in Brussels, with additional reporting from Henry Foy in Moscow.

Hopes for greater cooperation with Russia contrast with the EU’s imposition of new sanctions on that country over the Navalny case and a crackdown on street protests against his treatment, the Financial Times article also said.

It cited critics as saying that Berlin’s policy toward Moscow is compromised by its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 project to pipe gas from Russia to Germany.

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Source: biznesalert.plft.com

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