G20 summit: “Disappointing” – US President Biden criticizes China and Russia

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“Disappointing” – US President Biden criticizes China and Russia

“From my point of view, the increase is very worrying”

Merkel will travel to the UN climate summit in Glasgow after what will probably be her last G-20 meeting. The Pope is already putting pressure on the world community – and US President Biden is already frustrated: He accuses Russia and China in particular of inaction.

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Climate activists are dissatisfied with the resolutions of the G-20 countries. US President Joe Biden sees the blame for this on China and Russia. When assessing the results of the summit in Rome, a head of government leaves it alone.

US President Joe Biden blamed China and Russia for the disappointment of many climate activists with the resolutions of the G-20 summit. The disappointment was due to the fact that the two countries had shown no willingness to make any commitments in terms of climate protection, said Biden on Sunday after the two-day summit in Rome. “There is a reason for people to be disappointed. I found that disappointing myself. “

Nevertheless, the group of leading economic powers made “significant progress” with a view to the climate conference in Glasgow. But more has to happen. But above all you have to look at “what China does not do, what Russia does not do and what Saudi Arabia does not do”.

The leading economic powers were unable to agree on ambitious common climate goals at their G-20 summit in Rome, Italy on Sunday. The final declaration contains neither a specific target date for the important carbon dioxide neutrality nor for the phase-out from coal-fired power generation.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not travel to Rome for the summit, but were only connected via video.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended his country’s goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2060 at the summit. “That is our calculated obligation and we adhere to it.” He went on to say: “Nobody has proven to us or to anyone else that 2050 is anything that everyone has to sign.”

Merkel regards climate resolutions as a success

Chancellor Angela Merkel saw the resolutions on climate protection as a “good signal”. She emphasized that the 19 leading economic powers and the European Union had jointly committed to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement for the first time since 2016. After that, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the climate agreement. His successor Biden, who attended a regular G-20 summit in Rome for the first time, reversed this step as one of his first official acts.

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Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi defended the results. “This summit was a success,” said the 74-year-old at the final press conference. He highlighted the G20’s commitment to the 2015 goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees if possible. An important goal was also achieved with the commitment to end the financing of coal for electricity generation.

Even French President Emmanuel Macron drew a positive balance. He sees the high-level meeting as a “success”, in which results have been delivered. This applies above all to issues relating to climate change. The summit in Rome offered the opportunity to “revive rapprochement” among the world’s largest economies ahead of the much more extensive UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Macron said.

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A protester shouts slogans during a protest at the start of the G20 summit.  The two-day summit of the Group of 20 is the first face-to-face meeting of the heads of state and government of the world's largest economies since the beginning of the corona pandemic.  +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Climate protection activists, on the other hand, were disappointed with the outcome of the summit of the 20 most important industrial and emerging countries. UN Secretary General António Guterres, who traveled on from the G20 to the climate summit in Glasgow on Sunday, tweeted: “I am leaving Rome with unfulfilled hopes – but at least they are not buried”. The G-20 group is responsible for 80 percent of emissions worldwide.

He was also skeptical British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. There has been progress. But leaders’ pledges to curb climate change are just “drops in a rapidly warmer ocean,” said Johnson. He also referred to the historic Paris Climate Agreement of 2015.

Six years later, the promises made at the time were starting to sound “honestly hollow,” Johnson said. “If we don’t act now, the future of the Paris Agreement will not be seen as the moment when humanity opens its eyes to the problem, but as the moment when we flinch and turn away.”