The head of the White House, Joseph Biden, invited Russian President Vladimir Putin among 40 world leaders to climate talks, the US administration said on Friday.
The talks will be held on April 22-23 in a video conference format.
Earlier, Biden said that among the invited guests are his colleagues from Russia and China. According to him, Putin and Jinping are aware of this, although he did not discuss this issue with them personally.
According to the list published by the White House, in addition to Russia and China, the leaders of Great Britain, India, Turkey, and Japan are also invited to the summit.
Washington expects the summit to make clear the economic benefits of stronger global action on climate issues.
In October, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said that climate change poses a serious threat to global economic growth and prosperity. She called for the use of funds aimed at stimulating the economy in connection with the coronavirus crisis, for investment in environmental activities. According to her calculations, in the first 15 years of restoration, the development of вЂњgreen infrastructureвЂќ can increase global GDP by an average of about 0.7% and create millions of jobs.