Soini’s wish about climate deal: « If Trump would happen to realise that it’s a good deal » – Sipilä hopes for China to be EU’s friend

Worries about the US breaking away from the Paris Agreement have raised concerns in the Finnish Parliament. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said that it is very unfortunate if the US were to withdraw, but in that case the EU must take the lead, Nordic countries must do their part and China must be a partner. Sipilä believes that the EU and China can show leadership and perhaps even turn the US around. Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini said that implementing the Paris Agreement will be one of Finland’s most important goals when it chairs the Arctic Council. He noted that the US might still change its mind if President Donald Trump realised the business opportunities related to environmental cooperation in the Arctic.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat
Date: 1.6.2017
Journalist: Eeva Palojärvi, Juho-Pekka Pekonen
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