India, Russia, the United States, China and other countries will meet in Moscow this month to decide whether to retaliate against the EU’s decision to impose a carbon tax on air travel, a report says.
The European Union (EU) imposed the tax with effect from January 1, but over two dozen countries, including India, Russia, China and the United States, have opposed the move saying it violates international law.
PTI quoted what it said were official sources as saying over 30 countries would meet in Moscow on February 21 and 22 to decide on retaliatory measures against the EU if it insists on imposing the carbon tax on non-EU flights as there was “growing agreement” on the matter. The report did not name the sources. The news agency added that India delivered “a strong message” on the carbon tax issue to an EU delegation led by EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard on Friday in New Delhi.
A “Delhi Declaration” was unanimously adopted at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Council and other non-EU member states in New Delhi last September.