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Russian scientists still negative about Kyoto protocol

MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian academicians are still negative about the Kyoto protocol to the UN convention on climate change, a leading scientist told a Friday news conference.

Academician Yury Izrael, who chairs the Russian Academy of Sciences' council-seminar on the Kyoto protocol, said the council had confirmed its position on climate change remained the same.

Izrael said the council's statement had been issued after British scientists had said in a statement shortly prior to next week's G8 summit in Scotland that the world's eight leading industrialized nations should take responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions and help developing countries resolve related problems.

The presidents of the academies of sciences of 11 countries - Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Britain, Japan, the United States, Canada and Russia - signed the British scientists' statement. Izrael said Russian Academy of Sciences President Yury Osipov's signature on the document was "a misunderstanding."

Izrael said the document had been discussed collectively only at today's seminar. Russian academicians asked Osipov to recall his signature. "The document has been passed to the Academy of Sciences' president," said Izrael, before adding that Osipov would now have to decide how to resolve the matter.

Russian scientists said they still considered the Kyoto protocol was scientifically ungrounded, and would be an ineffective way to try to achieve the aim of the UN convention on climate change. They also said it was harmful for the Russian economy.

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