Ministerial talks open at COP26

Countries taking part in the UN climate conference, COP26, have started ministerial talks on details of a text to be adopted on the final day.

Delegates from nations that were absent from a leaders' meeting last week announced their commitments to tackle climate change on Tuesday in Glasgow, Britain.

Russian Deputy Prime Minster Alexei Overchuk said whether his country can achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 as pledged depends on the availability of new technologies and financing to shift to clean energy.

Overchuk stressed that the goal won't be achieved if Russia faces discrimination or restrictions that would block its access to technologies and funds.

European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans said the world is "still far away" from keeping the rise in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

Timmermans also said, "COP26 is not a place for disagreement and narrowmindedness. COP26 must be where we work together."

Ahead of the ministerial talks, Britain released a list of elements likely to be included in the final text.

The list stresses the need to keep the 1.5-degree temperature cap, and urges countries to align the temperature goal with their targets for greenhouse gas emission cuts.

Negotiations will continue until the final day of the conference on Friday.