Russia could ban timber exports to China unless Beijing takes action to help mitigate the effects of illegal logging, a Russian government minister stated. Russian authorities this month attributed some of the vast wildfires that have engulfed portions of Siberia in recent weeks to arsonists trying to conceal illegal logging activity. Dmitry Kobylkin, Russia’s minister of natural resources and environment, used an interview with the daily Vedomosti newspaper published on Thursday to complain about what he said was China’s unsatisfactory attitude towards the problem. “They come ...
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