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a long time to try to fourteen winter olympics the southern russian city of sochi is preparing to host the paralympic games undertaking a major building work to make the city a more hospitable place for people with disabilities. next in spotlight spotlight rather extolled areas foreign minister to find out why the country is considering hosting elements of nato missile defense shield. hello yanna welcome to the spotlight the interview show on r.t. i maldonado and say my guest is it will identify. the area is both an important hub for russia's energy projects in the region and also an intel real pride and then vicious nature missiles shield military project all this political
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gathering diplomacy in the center of intensive diplomatic negotiations to tell us about the results of negotiations in moscow and also to explain vogue arius points of view on burning international issues on the show is a bogey areas foreign minister has an effect. russia and nato have failed to come to terms of the project missile defense shield in europe. confused about who the alliance believes is a potential enemy placements warhead so close to russia's borders bulgaria is all the european countries feel safe on the nature protection and supports the shield safina strongly believes the proliferation of ballistic technology makes such protection vitally necessary. oh it was a little welcome to the show a very good story here thank you very much for being with us thanks it's a pleasure and an order well first of all i wanted to ask you about your meeting
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with the recent meeting with mr lavrov the russian foreign minister where you said i quote it's of paramount importance that our balcony become part of the european security system well obviously you meant membership in nato. so also members of the european union ok right and are you sure that that nato is the main factor that will guarantee security in europe is that is that the belief i'm absolutely positive because if you look at it. things historically you will see the the last twenty years in the balkans we have seen so many worlds and so many divisions among ethnic groups and religions that we have a historic opportunity actually more than that and we have a historic responsibility to make sure the war will be impossible in the balkans and the way you make war impossible in the balkans by bringing in the neighbors in
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the west welcomes inch of the european union and nato but achieves two things two very important things first it provides for a common framework of laws and regulations to allow for the development of each society secondly it builds on the community of values that europe has in terms of security when your allies. together with everyone around you you don't fight you don't waste money and you don't waste resources. on. protecting each of us you also forget to enable us you actually invest your money and your resources in tackling the contemporary challenges of security that we have and least show interest and they are quite different from the way they looked in the nineteenth century one of the twentieth century there was in foreign minister voiced more than once the russian position russian proposal to create
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a pen european system of security central would need to work with. opinion about how to have the proposal we work very carefully a proposal that came from russia for a new security architecture if i'm going to go with that and i think the many issues that still need to be discussed within the framework of the oversee we always see is the framework that gives us. the entire that brings everyone together in a forum to discuss the security challenges that we face but our view is that the best way to guarantee security. for all of us within nato russia each and every country is that being gauge on more practical and practical ways in involving our military establishments and involving our political stuff in daily interaction to protect ourselves from the threats that emerge from outside both europe and russia and america this is a very very important approach to be much more practical in that sense but also to
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look at the existing structures that we have there's a very good framework within the nato russia council in which we meet. and we discuss exactly various issues we discuss the challenges so our security would discuss how we're going to work together in afghanistan that we face some major threats from the. from the taliban and from and from international terrorism how we're going to start a whole program of piracy and somalia all of these issues that we can deal with and i think this framework is a is a very substantial when we need to build on it we don't need to start from scratch we need to build a million existing institutions and we have almost seems to be very nervous about the u.s. initiated plans retaking the sound shielding you gary decided to take part in this program this is this is the final where is the course of this if course of this and
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it is a decision which is not just in the national interest but it's an interest of the security of the border and citizens as we go forward with the development of a mate so ballistic missile defense system it is of paramount importance to us the entire territory of bulgaria be covered by the system so that our citizens can feel protected from the threats that they emerge when you contend these threats and these threats do not come from russia they come from a number of factors and their common two goals europe and russia. here's here's just a very quick list we have a an interregnum nonproliferation regime which over the last ten years since faced very stiff opposition and has in some parts been weakened this is a substantial international problem today ballistic missile technology is much more accessible. than ten twenty thirty years ago and you have a number of radical groups and ideologies the aim of acquiring such weapons and
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this is this is the combination of these three factors if you had a number of countries that are quite unstable as we speak as well this threat becomes very important so what is important for us within nato and russia is to find ways in which we can work together some jointly together protect ourselves against such a threat and some of the proposals that have been made is to start again with a very practical approach on setting up a mechanism setting up a center that would exchange information that would builds trust between the military people and let's quote leaders so that when you have such a center which allows for the nato missile defense system and the russian missile defense system to exchange information into to go up in coordination and you back that up with the political will which was very clear from the discipline summit. to
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work together then slowly but surely will develop better cooperation in the trust that is vital so i don't think that anyone in russia should feel threatened by the system on the contrary it provides as a wonderful would be a practical opportunity to join three work together against a common sort of then could you play why why wasn't washington and also the native countries happy the russian proposal to do and part of that system you remember the russians proposed easing. the qabala station for tracking the missiles and what these there is a very busy very these are very complicated discussions because they always end up in a technical debate that relates to military technology and all kinds of other quite specific issues i think what is important is that there is the political will which was stated by nato member of president medvedev that we find the ways in which we
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can cooperate and we can coordinate and this and that and that we now move to the next level of the after the statement to find the modeller teams through which we can begin exchanging information and building the trust in this i think this would be this is quite important it is a very innovative project if you think about it it's probably you know. five years ago ten years ago if somebody had come to you and said nato and russia are thinking how to work together to protect their territories against ballistic missiles coming from third countries you would have probably laughed yeah i thought they're just crazy but today we i still consider it to be crazy when somebody tells me that russia may become part of some american military program such as the missile shield which still is an american program and you believe you really believe that russia may become part of it what it actually well it's obvious. you
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say that what i say is that you know better you know really than meet unities there are a number of opportunities for nato and for russia to work together in protecting nato and protecting russia. by using our own systems against such a threat. i don't see why people here are so skeptical but i do wish that you know . people in russia would be a little bit more understanding of the fact that we are now apartments that there is a partnership that has been signed. in nato and russia there is a strategic relationship between the european union and russia and that one doesn't need to be you know suspicious of everything when needs to be much more open minded and to find a way through which we work together in a way that actually delivers to the indian the interests of our citizens because the citizens of old area the citizens of russia the citizens of any country. in
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europe or in north america basically the same people want to live in security they want to have their rights guaranteed from day one to have economic opportunity and when there are threats against. against these very basic human desires we must stand up and protect ourselves against them well a you said that russia obviously is not the source of threat and you also mention that terrorist groups that want to acquire weapons but terrorist groups and not firing ballistic missiles it can be more specific and where do you consider the threats coming from we do know places where these missiles that would be shot over bulgaria and fired from i would be a little bit more careful if i were you with such an assessment because twenty years ago. terrorists did not do many of the things which we now you know find
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should be common practice and some groups improvised explosive devices very sophisticated improvised explosive devices complicated and well planned attacks on civilians aimed at disrupting civilian infrastructure indeed in parks recently we had terrorists walk into a naval facility and so quite a lot of damage there so the world is changing and we need to be prepared not just for the threats of yesterday but for the threats of two more and this is why. developing such a system in concert with other things are going to come sort of the dialogue that we have on identifying. the core. fundamental reasons why terrorist groups exist in the world in addressing very fundamental problem i deal with ideological divisions that now try to explain the world as of
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collapsing and some form of clash of civilizations a question of religions all of this is fundamentally. a problem an issue that we must solve and it doesn't matter whether that comes from russia whether it comes from from nato says jennifer gary is foreign minister all flights will be back shortly after we take a break settle as they wait on going to. twenty years ago it gained its first presidency. in the midst of colossal change. setting a new direction for a new country. saluting the state on russia today.
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welcome back to spotlight i'm old enough and just a reminder that my guest on the show today is nicole a well jennifer who's the foreign minister of bulgaria a list of what in area was determined to contribute ensued another. big. program of nato which is the mission in libya russia's foreign minister lavrov was criticizing nato some pressure in libya in its current form he said he said that it was not corresponding to the initial nato resolution so what close bulgaria think about your participation in the libya and believe the operation and what's the final goal house think about if you want to continue do you actually see the fine go up bridge yes i do and i think first of all of a start by saying that. i think it's very unfortunate the way that colonel gadhafi responded to the legitimate concerns of good judgment demands that he was
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as people that for more democracy and for more but the space and government for more openness the right way to respond to such demands is to actually address the real concerns that people have noticed from say the tanks into the streets not to call your citizens rats and not to attack them and this is what happened particularly in benghazi and if it hadn't been for me very quick very rapid reaction of some countries members of nato or the united nations and the u.n. security council resolution and some of the nato operation we would have seen a massacre of one proportions extent so i think that the operation in libya is right it is legitimate because it's based on the. u.n. security council resolution and it is just because it protects the people from b.p. now if you ask me about the final how do we get out of that question that question
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is very much a political question and i think the international community has laid very clearly what are the requirements or the. stepping stones towards reaching such an agreement and bulgaria takes a very strong interest in libya because we have a strong relationship with the people of libya and we have many bulgarian nationals who are in that if you would we are analysis shows very clearly that the political resolution to the future of libya must be based on a strong and very clear roadmap which brings people together from both east and west of the country unites the tribes of libya the different families the different factions brings them together in a process which allows them to choose their. own transitional authority a transitional authority that. will design a new constitution will design a process is leading up to it to an election of course in this process there is
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really no place for clinical benefit and i hope that he wouldn't stand for it soon unfortunately he doesn't seem to have a student feel now that the need for. staying on and continuing to stay in the position that he has now it's not just a month a noble for him in the long run but it is beginning to damage very much the libyan people i hope that you know we will see also an increased international if absolute rest the humanitarian situation both on the side of the. in places like mosul up there when it's very severe but also increasingly in tripoli as well we hear more and more reports from other people on the ground of the difficult conditions that people there face. as a naval asset and naval blockade that exists and bank street i'm traveling should
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be a contact group meeting in abu dhabi where we should be discussing further international efforts and i hope discussion will focus also on how do we find a political solution to this crisis. this is the same i mean your opinion about libya would you talk about lead i mean about syria syria should the international community also exert pressure on russia to to keep its no violence against the don't people get demonstration that's not the situation is seen as you see it i that's that's a very complicated question because i generally don't think good we should look at the situation in the middle east and. without understanding the specifics of each country syria is a very different country from libya unfortunately president assad. has not been able to push forward the reforms that he promised and what we have seen over the
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last few months is an increase in violence in syria which is completely unacceptable and it is it is in the long run it damages very very seriously syria both syrian society and the ability of syria to come into a community of nations the very much welcome it if it if it meets all international standards and good practices on this i was in the best because a few weeks ago and met with president assad and we had a long discussion about the reforms that are needed and about the needs to stop the violence unfortunately i think we. was going so far and so people into syrian society but now we're really in the last minutes in the last days of an opening for political reform understand that over the last few days some. initiatives have been taken to allow for an amnesty and to have
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a debate on the constitutional changes and also to open a dialogue with you with different opposition groups in syria however this is too little much much more needs to be done and it needs to be done very very quickly. one of the most. important questions in russian i will get bilateral relations is operation a comic operation and energy cooperation in two thousand and six bad to countryside new green meant to build their nuclear power plant in belin. right however construction has not started yet can you tell us the main reason the main obstacles why isn't the project starts cracking thank you for that question but let me start somewhere else because you said these issues are energy is one of the most important issues and our relationship and i agree with you but it's not the only one we have a very good relationship with russia and my visit here was to try and
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focus more about discussions not just on energy and tourism but on a number of other areas where we can go right including culture. and education as far as berlin is concerned erland is a very big project and it's quite a complicated project the way to the bulgarian government approaches it is in a constructive manner to try and see to make sure that the project itself which was developed some time ago the cone as you said the contract was signed in two thousand and six but it's a mill project that goes by some thirty instances but everything in the project today reached the highest possible international standards and particularly european requirements on safety that you understand that after fukushima we're all very much more sensitive towards towards safety and i'm not saying that before finishing what we were lax on it but the public itself is know very much more
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science and so what we're doing now is our experts are working with the russian experts to make sure the project is. at the very very top of safety requirements and we don't have any differences in that because. neither bulgaria nor russia nor any other country would be willing to jeopardize our safety and secondly we're working on creating the. economic and the financial package to make this project interesting to outside investors as well because it's a they said in the beginning this is a very substantial project obviously this takes time it doesn't happen quickly but i can assure you that it is in the interests of both the current energy companies the russian energy company to this involved in it both governments and everyone else in europe that we if we go ahead with this project if we go ahead we're good on the very very firm basis that doesn't leave any questions to be asked just for
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safety economic benefits financial packages people who take wiki leaks seriously they say that one of the reasons they're hampering this project may be that the americans were. putting much pressure on bulgaria according to weaken leaks to that in favor of the house instead of rough latin american investors instead of russian investors is that true. i'm not one of those people who take wiki leaks seriously so if you want to talk about that you find somebody who takes that seriously all the sources of information says that despite as i said i think you know all of the conspiracy theories in these discussions that are being spurred by leaks are very interesting and fascinating but the reality is that we're talking about a nuclear power facility the nuclear power facilities is a highly complicated. facility that
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must at. you know at the very minimum meets the requirements in terms of safety that we now have. and as i said after fukushima people have been very sensitive to that but you know what i do want to let the audience know know we're not abandoning nuclear energy at this point definitely not . what you know people a sense that after fukushima but people in bulgaria also remember. and they remember the effects of that perhaps and these affects still linger on. in many bulgarian families there are stories about how the government then the communist government did not inform people of the risks that they were facing going out into the streets because of the clouds and and all of that and indeed some people to conserve up to be a very serious crime so this is why. society is very sensitive to these
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issues so you know with all due respect we can we expect all due respect to different types of reactors and producers when you build something on your own territory you want to be top notch thank you thank you very much for being with us send us to remind you that my guest on the show today was the end of the for this throughout the area and that's it for now from all of us the spotlight will be back with more first on comments on what's going on in and outside russia until then stay on the party and take care.
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