Putin: '' Don ' t worry, be happy' ' as Trump ditches climate deal


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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets heads of significant foreign business at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017|1:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t judge Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, which is being commonly panned by other world leaders.

“Do not fret, enjoy!” Putin quipped Friday after being asked for his response at a financial forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There’s plenty for Putin to cheer in Trump’s rejection of the contract signed by 195 countries. Russia is the world’s most significant oil manufacturer and fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Trump’s move drives another wedge between the United States and its traditional European allies, while aligning its stance closer to Russia in enhancing fossil fuels while delaying action to suppress climate change.

Putin joked that while it’s still cold and rainy in Russia, Trump and American imperialism could now be blamed for international warming.

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