Russian President Vladimir Putin says Paris climate talks should end in a ''legally binding'' agreement, at opening ceremony of international conference. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
As world leaders gather in Paris to address climate change, Russian President Vladimir Putin says any agreement reached must be "legally binding." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "It is of principle importance, that the new climate change agreement builds on the framework of the United Nations climate convention. It should be one that is legally binding. In its implementation the participation of developed and developing countries, this agreement should be comprehensive, effective and equal for all participants. His comments come as world leaders launch an ambitious attempt to hold back the earth's rising temperatures (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Our ability to personally address the issue of climate change will determine the quality of life for all people on the planet as well as economic growth and sustainable social development worldwide." The legal form of a Paris agreement on climate change is already being contested -- with the U.S. Congress expected to block any binding deal, while the European Union is pressing hard for mandatory targets. As the summit opened, the capitals of the world's two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in smog, with regulators in Beijing asking factories to limit output and halt construction work.