John Kerry to visit Moscow officials to discuss 'global climate ambition'

John Kerry to visit Moscow officials to discuss 'global climate ambition'
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U.S. climate envoy John KerryJohn KerryHow the US could help Australia develop climate action Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power No. 2 State Department official to travel to China amid tensions MORE will visit Moscow to speak to officials next week about “global climate ambition.”

The trip will take place from July 12-15, the State Department said in a short announcement. It comes as the two nations are at odds over a multitude of issues.

Russia participated in a White House climate summit in April. President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE said at the time that he was “heartened” that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Is Ukraine Putin's Taiwan? Democrats find a tax Republicans can support MORE called for collaborating with other countries to advance carbon dioxide removal.

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“The United States looks forward to working with Russia and other countries on that endeavor,” Biden said at the time. “It has great promise.” 

China and the U.S. lead the world in terms of emissions of coal and petroleum fumes, according to The Associated Press. Russia is ranked number four due to its dependence on coal burning.

The meeting between Kerry and officials in Moscow comes amid other tensions between the two nations, notably several high-profile ransomware attacks linked to Russian actors.

Biden and Putin held a summit in mid-June, after which Biden indicated that he “did what he came to do.”

The leaders said at the time that after the meeting, the countries “demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war."