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    KYOTO PROTOCOL WILL NOT IMPROVE WORLD ECOLOGICAL SITUATION - SAYS RUSSIAN VICE PREMIER

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    MOSCOW, February 11, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Marina Gradova) - In the present-day conditions, the Kyoto Protocol will not improve the ecological situation in the world, Russian Vice Premier and Minister of Agriculture Alexei Gordeyev told reporters.

    "In the present-day conditions, the Kyoto Protocol will not improve the ecological situation in the world, in particular because of the USA's refusal to ratify it," he noted. However, the Vice Premier remarked, the United States accounts for 25 percent of the world's economy.

    "The Kyoto Protocol does not solve ecological problems, but it allows 'to trade,' among other things, in a global change of the climate and a negative influence on nature. It is science which must head the solution of this problem. After all the survival of mankind and the future of our planet depends on this," underscored the Russian Vice Premier.

    Alexei Gordeyev believes that a special structure should be formed in the United Nations which would take this process under control.

    As to Russia, its government, said Gordeyev, intends to carry out a preparatory work for the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. However, the Vice Premier believes that it is necessary to appraise the consequences of this ratification.

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