Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinErdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system EU 'denounces' Russian malicious cyber activity aimed at member states Navalny knocks Apple, Google for removing voting app MORE defended the Paris climate agreement on Friday, one day after President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP 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.
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.