Moscow: The withdrawal of key players from the Paris climate deal would complicate implementation of the pact, the Kremlin said Thursday, as US leader Donald Trump weighed up pulling out.
"For sure the effectiveness of the implementation of this convention without key players will be complicated, but there are no alternatives to it at the moment," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Russian new agencies reported.
Trump is set to announce on Thursday whether or not he will abandon the global climate agreement, as reports swirled about his intentions.
The Kremlin spokesman said Moscow had not formed a definitive position on the issue as Trump has not announced his decision yet.
After a day of rumours about the Republican leader's plans, with some aides reportedly saying a withdrawal was likely and others saying no decision was made, Trump said he was ready to make his stance known.
Trump said that he will announce his decision on Thursday in a tweet.
I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
A US withdrawal would come fewer than 18 months after the historic 196-nation pact was signed in the French capital, the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership.
The European Union and China indicated they would press ahead with the deal, regardless of US participation.
Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 16:21 PM | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 16:21 PM