Boris Johnson's big COP26 moment suffered another blow today as Vladimir Putin confirmed he is snubbing the summit.
The Kremlin said the Russian president will not be attending the gathering in Glasgow at the end of the month.
It comes after China's Xi Jinping made clear he is not intending to travel to the UN event, heightening fears that the summit will fail to make significant progress in the fight against climate change.
Although both countries are expected to send delegations, the presence of national leaders is seen as crucial to add impetus to the process.
Mr Johnson has insisted he is hoping for a 'good' turnout in Glasgow, but pointed to the pandemic as a factor.