Russian President Vladimir Putin will not speak live at the COP26 climate summit via a direct video link. Instead, a pre-recorded message from Putin will be shown, the Kremlin announced.
Many prominent figures come to the summit in Glasgow, including US President Joe Biden and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. However, world leaders such as Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping do not come to the UK in person.
That is seen as a setback for the summit organisers because Russia and China are among the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases.
Moscow had previously said it would look into whether Putin could address the summit via video link as an alternative. A Kremlin spokesman acknowledged Monday that such a thing is not feasible. He stated that Putin’s video message would be shown at a meeting on forest and land management.