The Russian government's decision to approve the Kyoto climate change treaty has been hailed by the European Union and environmental groups.
The Kyoto Protocol sets targets for greenhouse &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/comp/2002/10/15/38186.html ' target=_blank>gas emissions, which many scientists believe are causing the Earth to warm at an unnatural rate.
The cabinet has sent it to parliament to be ratified, where &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/18/88/350/14128_Putin.html ' target=_blank>President Putin's supporters hold a two-thirds majority.
The US, the biggest greenhouse gas producer, has not signed the treaty, BBC News reported.
"The fate of the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/economics/2003/01/20/42258.html ' target=_blank>Kyoto Protocol depends on Russia. If we ... rejected ratification, we would be the ones to blame," Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov told the Cabinet meeting.