Many leaders come to the summit in Glasgow, including US President Joe Biden and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. World leaders like Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping do not come to the UK in person. That is seen as a setback for the organizers of the summit, because Russia and China are among the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases.
Xi Jinping, like Putin, also comes with a waiver – waiver. Russia had previously said it would look into whether Putin could address the summit via video link as an alternative. A Kremlin spokesman now says that is not feasible. He stated that Putin’s video message will be shown at a meeting on forest and land management.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not travel to Glasgow as planned for the COP26 climate summit. Erdogan has opted out for security reasons. “When our demands were not met, we decided not to go to Glasgow,” Erdogan said, according to Turkish broadcaster NTV.
State media announced that the head of government had unexpectedly returned to Turkey from Rome, where he attended the G20 summit last weekend.
The 2015 Paris climate agreement was ratified by the Turkish parliament nearly a month ago, after other G20 countries had already done so. Turkey took longer because, according to Ankara, the country should not be seen as a developed country and has limited access to money for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
US President Joe Biden has now arrived in Scotland. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is also there.