President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping will not attend COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

COP26 takes place in Scotland’s largest city from 31 October to 12 November.

Russia‘s decision is seen as a blow to efforts to get leaders to negotiate a new deal to stall rising global temperatures.

A Kremlin spokesperson said climate change was an “important” priority for Russia.

Unfortunately, Putin will not fly to Glasgow,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that climate change was “one of our foreign policy’s most important priorities“.

China‘s Xi Jinping will only address the COP26 summit with a written statement.

China’s lack of engagement comes despite its large contribution to global emissions

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