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    MOSCOW, February 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Alevtina Shepetina) - Viktor Danilov-Danilyan, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and director of the Water Problems Institute, believes that "the Kyoto protocol ratification will not limit Russia's economic growth." He said this at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday.

    At the same time, he noted that this document would not take effect without Russia's ratification. Hence, the world community will look for other options akin to the Kyoto protocol that will give even less consideration to Russia's interests.

    "The Kyoto protocol is based on the 1990s' level of atmospheric emissions, and this is topical for us," the expert said.

    "Next year, the Kyoto protocol parties will begin negotiations on the second period," he said. "Russia will hardly be able to participate in them without ratifying the protocol." "Russia should be more active in regard to the protocol," Danilov-Danilyan concluded.

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