In recent weeks, Moscow has experienced near-record temperatures as part of a heatwave that has swept western Russia. President Vladimir Putin, who is well-known for his denial of man-made climate change, is gradually shifting his approach to find common ground with the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known for his skepticism about global warming, has now stated that the issue is a priority and pledged to work with the US to combat rising global temperatures. The development comes amid a record-breaking heatwave in Russia in June, which experts predict will result in the country's hottest summer in over a century.

As a heatwave sweeps western Russia, news agencies reported that Moscow is baking in temperatures approaching record highs, with people flocking to lakes to cool off. The RIA news agency reported that daytime temperatures in Moscow are expected to reach 30-35 degrees Celsius in the coming days, potentially breaking records set in 1936, 1951, and 2010.

Taking climate change as a cue, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his government is willing to collaborate with the US to combat the problem, a rare area of agreement between the two countries.

Putin has long been known for his skepticism of man-made global warming and claims that Russia stands to benefit from it. However, in recent months, he has stated that climate change is not solely beneficial to Moscow.

In a phone call with US climate envoy John Kerry on Wednesday, Putin said that when it comes to the "climate problem," Moscow and Washington have "common interests and similar approaches." He also told the former US secretary of state that Moscow "places a high value" on achieving the Paris Agreement's goals and "advocates depoliticizing" climate change dialogue.

Last month, Moscow experienced its hottest June in 142 years of monitoring, with a temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius. According to Reuters, temperatures in the city reached 31 degrees Celsius on Monday, citing weather officials familiar with the situation. "With global warming comes an increase in the frequency of dangerous weather events, particularly heatwaves," a meteorologist at Moscow State University told the news agency.

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