US President Joe Biden has invited 40 countries including Russia and China to participate in the first big climate talks under his administration. The summit that will be held virtually on April 22 and 23 will be the US' first major international climate discussion in more than 4 years.
Biden administration officials said that the summit is about engaging at the leadership levels and sending a signal on how serious the US is on climate change.
Although the Biden administration is at loggerheads with China and Russia on election interference, cyber-attacks, human rights, and other issues, officials say that the US hopes that both countries will join the discussion.
China is the world's top emitter of climate-damaging pollution followed by the United States, while Russia stands at no. 4.