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US diplomat fears war in Europe may cause climate change

As Europe has been plunged into war by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, former US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Vladimir Putin to “stay on track” in the fight against climate change.

The interview took place on BBC Arabic on Monday of this week.

“I’m concerned about Ukraine because of the people of Ukraine and because of the principles that are at risk, in terms of international law and trying to change boundaries of international law by force,” Kerry reportedly said.

“I thought we lived in a world that had said no to that kind of activity. And I hope diplomacy will win.

“But it could have a profound negative impact on the climate, obviously. You have a war and obviously you’re going to have massive emissions consequences to the war,” he said.

“But equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose certainly big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact,” the Democrat continued.

“So, you know, I think hopefully President Putin would realise that in the northern part of his country, they used to live on 66% of the nation that was over frozen land,” he said.

“Now it’s thawing, and his infrastructure is at risk and the people of Russia are at risk,” Kerry added. “And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”

Kerry’s comments seem to mirror advice from British military intelligence, which urged its agents to use their “gender pronouns” during introductions and to acknowledge their “white privilege.”

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