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Russia rejects G8 emissions cut target

Russia has refused to back a target of an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 proposed by the Group of Eight (G8) countries, a Kremlin aide said on Wednesday after the first day of the G8 summit in L'aquila, Italy.

world Updated: Jul 09, 2009 12:09 IST

Russia has refused to back a target of an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 proposed by the Group of Eight (G8) countries, a Kremlin aide said on Wednesday after the first day of the G8 summit in L'aquila, Italy.

At a news conference earlier in the day, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the world's richest nations should cut their emissions by 80 percent by the middle of the century.

Arkady Dvorkovich, who is accompanying President Dmitry Medvedev at the summit in the central Italian mountain town of L'Aquila, told reporters: "We will not sacrifice our economic growth to meet emissions cuts. Economic growth must be effective. Everyone spoke about this."

He called the 80 percent target "unacceptable, and probably unattainable".

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, which holds the European Union (EU) presidency, earlier said the G8 had agreed to set targets that would limit the likely rise in global temperatures due to man-made emissions to no more than two degrees Celsius. He also said 1990 should be set as the base year for measuring emission reductions.