Putin on Paris deal: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’

Putin on Paris deal: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Fox News's Shep Smith blasts Trump over 'xenophobic eruption' on minority lawmakers MORE defended the Paris climate agreement on Friday, one day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE said he would pull the U.S. out of the deal. 

But Putin didn’t join the chorus of criticism that Trump heard from many other world leaders after his Thursday announcement, instead downplaying the fallout.

Putin told an economic forum in St. Petersburg on Friday that the Paris deal gives signatories a lot of leeway when it comes to their commitments under the agreement, The Associated Press reports

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Putin also said he was open to Trump’s call to renegotiate the deal — a proposal shut down by European allies — and that a global fight against climate change requires the U.S. at the table. 

Reuters quoted Putin as saying, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Many world leaders vehemently disagree with Trump’s decision to leave the Paris deal, and they openly criticized, and in some cases mocked, Trump over the move on Thursday. 

Russia has not yet signed the Paris agreement, with Putin saying he is waiting for technical changes first. But before the deal was crafted, the country summited a plan to limit its greenhouse gas emissions to no more than 75 percent of 1990 levels by 2030.