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Putin plans to go to Biden climate summit: report

Putin plans to go to Biden climate summit: report
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNavalny says he feels 'pride and hope' over protests against his detention Technical snafus disrupt Biden climate summit The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden convenes world leaders for Earth Day MORE is reportedly planning to attend President BidenJoe BidenBiden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot MORE’s virtual climate summit this month despite tensions between the two leaders. 

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing two anonymous officials with knowledge, that a speech for Putin is in the works, but that a final decision hasn’t been made on whether he’ll attend. 

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“I expect as we get closer we’ll have confirmation on who will be participating in the summit,” she told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday. 

The Russian Embassy didn’t immediately return The Hill’s request for comment. 

Putin was among 40 world leaders who were invited to attend the summit, including 17 countries that make up about 80 percent of global emissions and global gross domestic product.

The U.S. is expected to unveil its updated Paris climate agreement contributions ahead of the meeting. 

Russia is the world’s fourth-largest emitter, while the U.S. is its second-largest. 

The country’s reported plans come amid tensions between Russia and the Biden administration, particularly after the U.S. president called Putin a “killer” in a recent interview.