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Opening a conference on climate change in Moscow on Monday, Mr Putin said Russia's decision would be in its "national interests", reflecting a debate in the country that some warming might be of benefit by allowing more grain to be grown. "There is an insistent call for Russia to ratify the Kyoto protocol as soon as possible. The Government is closely studying this question. A decision will be taken when this work is finished," he said.
Mr Putin said Russia's decision would be in its "national interests"