The nuances of the relations between the US and Russia seem to be known only to their clever leaders. Most recently, the US was blowing hot and cold amidst the Russian army conducting naval drills near the Ukrainian border. Following the Russian army’s retreat, US President Joe Biden has announced to work with Russia on the climate crisis. It is quite interesting to learn that both the strong countries are now supposed to be coming together to contain the climate crisis, which remains to be a matter of concern for humanity. If the Coronavirus has made the whole world come to a standstill, the climate crisis is more serious of a concern for everyone.
People have long imagined America as ‘the city on a hill’, from Jesus’ parables. John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama have all used the same imagery to describe the United States. The world has long watched the United States, and its actions have influenced the course of world events— for better or worse. Racism is ingrained into the DNA of American politics.
The American power runs on stick and carrot policy. When it discovers something unusual with the Russian state, it tries to resolve it under the glow of its ‘tried and tested’ policy. As of now, it finds itself attracted towards the genuine cause of the climate crisis. So, the US has sought the support of Russia on a comprehensive scale.
Yet, Putin did not make any honest comment on reducing the oil and gas supply. He also did not provide any confirmation as to whether Russia would adopt a new national plan on cutting carbon emissions, a very vital requirement this year under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, according to The Guardian.
Now, US President Joe Biden said that he looked forward to making joint efforts with Russia on ways to combat the climate crisis. Not only did he stay here, but was also looking very heartened by the call for complicity on new technologies such as carbon removal.
However, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin insisted that he was very eager to galvanise global cooperation to look further for helpful remedies to combat climate change, as well as for all other crucial challenges. According to the European Commission, ‘The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. It also aims to strengthen countries’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts.’