Ivanov Agrees to Global Warming Talks

TOKYO -- Japan and Russia have agreed to start talks on fighting global warming, including possible greenhouse gas emissions trading that would help Tokyo to meet its goals under the Kyoto Protocol, Japanese media reported Sunday.

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov agreed in a meeting on the sidelines of a Munich conference that the first round of ministerial talks on the issue would be held on Feb. 27 in Tokyo, Japanese officials said, the Kyodo news agency reported.

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily said the talks aimed at reaching a deal under which Japan would buy surplus emissions quotas from Russia, a key step toward helping Tokyo meet its Kyoto goals. The trading could take place under several options possible under the Kyoto Protocol, including one in which Japan takes part in work to reduce Russian emissions and then is allowed to count that cut as its own.