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Press Release

Japanese Environment Minister Yuriko Koike welcomes again Russian Federation Council Approval on Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

October 27, 2004

Today, the Russian Federation Council approved the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. I once again welcome this major step towards Russian ratification.

I anticipate smooth progress in the signing of the bill by President Putin as well as the deposition of the instrument of ratification, and expect the completion of the process to ratify the Protocol in a timely manner.

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