John Kerry Worried Russia Invading Ukraine Is Bad For The Environment

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Russia invaded Ukraine overnight, and on the same day it began, John Kerry voiced his concerns about it.

One of the problems that the 78-year-old Kerry sees:  invading another country is bad for the environment.

The former U.S. senator from Massachusetts and Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, who currently serves as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, spoke with BBC Arabic on Wednesday, February 23.

Here is what Kerry said:


I’m very concerned about, I’m concerned about Ukraine because of the people of Ukraine and because of the principles that are at risk, in terms of international law and trying to change boundaries of international law by force. I thought we lived in a world that had said no to that kind of activity. And I hope diplomacy will win.

But massive emissions consequences to the war but equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact. So, you know hopefully President Putin would realize that in the Northern part of his country, they used to live on 66% of the nation that was over frozen land.

Now it’s thawing, and his infrastructure is at risk. And the people of Russia are at risk. And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.


Kerry served as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004; he lost the bid to incumbent Republican George W. Bush.


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