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EU's Tusk Slams Macron's Threat to Not Sign G20 Final Declaration Over Climate Issue

© REUTERS / Wolfgang RattayG20 leaders summit in Hamburg
G20 leaders summit in Hamburg - Sputnik International
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Friday disagreed with the position of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has threatened to withhold his signature from the G20 leaders' final declaration if it does not cover the issue of climate change.

Asked how he could comment on Macron's claims, Tusk told reporters that G20 leaders should help Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country holds the presidency of the summit, with a final declaration instead of threatening to boycott it.

Earlier in the week, Macron said that the climate change was a "red line" issue for the G20 summit and warned that France would not sign a final declaration if it did not include the leaders' strong support for climate protection measures.

The Osaka G20 summit kicked off earlier in the day and will last through Saturday. The digital economy, data use security, energy and trade efficiency are topics that are high on the forum's agenda.

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