STOCKHOLM, Nov 18 (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday Russia had set itself a tougher target on greenhouse gas emissions, less than three weeks before international climate talks in Copenhagen.
Barroso said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had promised by 2020 to reduce harmful emissions by 25 percent from the level in 1990. Russia had previously said it would reduce the emissions by 10-15 percent.
A Russian official later said Medvedev had mentioned a figure of 22-25 percent at talks in Stockholm.
Barroso told a news conference: "I very much welcome the signal from President Medvedev today of their proposed emissions reduction target of 25 percent. This is indeed very encouraging." (Reporting by Simon Johnson and Oleg Shchedrov, editing by Timothy Heritage)