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    Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016

    Russia Signs Paris Climate Agreement

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    Russia signed on Friday the United Nations agreement on combating climate change, which was reached in Paris last December.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the deal became open for signature, with French President Francois Holland being the first to sign the 31-page document. 

    ​The agreement was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin during an official signing ceremony held at the UN headquarters in New York.

    ​World leaders from at least 171 nations are expected to sign the agreement on Friday.

    The deal aims to limit global average temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also aims to create more financing for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and support more climate-resilient development.

    The Russian cabinet endorsed the deal on April 14.

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