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china's leader comes to moscow to strengthen trade ties there boosting two of the world's major emerging economies. the fate of colonel qadhafi russia's and void to levy a hold stocks with officials in tripoli trying to mediate an answer to levy a civil war and the future of its leader. and the greek government teeters on the brink of collapse after a violent protest in golf athens in the face of deeper public cuts to the string king economy. and it's the white knights in russia's north and that means it's time for the fifteenth annual st petersburg international economic conference for debate and discussion this time around russia's ascension to the world trade organization
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and the creation of a team ten billion dollars private equity fund i might try to live in st petersburg well of all this and more in our business report. this is are you coming to live from moscow with joshua welcome to the program two of the world's biggest and fastest growing economies russia and china are meeting in moscow gas is one of the main sources of discussion as moscow becomes a vital supplier of energy fueling the massive growth of its eastern neighbor because he knows our reports on the other shared interest the two nations will be talking about. we know that both sides say there's still a lot of room for improvement within their bilateral relationship of course russia and china are each other's biggest neighbors and both sides certainly have a lot to gain from a beneficial relationship with their neighbor russia of course is one of the
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world's largest sources of natural resources such as oil and gas and we do know that there are ongoing talks with gas. and the chinese a natural gas company for gas supplies and also a gas pipeline that will be starting in west siberia and heading all the way to china we know that according to the gas pumps you know like c bel-air the agreement for gas supplies to china was supposed to be signed sometime in two thousand and eleven and we know that today during. the chinese leaders visit a gas from officials will be present that of course those discussions will be taking place we also know that china of course is a very lucrative market for russia not only for its natural resources but for various other things and right now the trade turnover the bilateral trade turnover with china is one of the biggest that russia currently has so
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a very strong partnership that has the potential to go even stronger and that is definitely something that both sides in tower and to deal with it if will be looking to achieve during this meeting most people do seem to think that the questions of both syria and libya will definitely be raised during the chinese leaders time here in moscow we know that in the meeting of s e o countries where the two leaders met a disagreement of some sort was reached in both sides do seem to share the position that a military presence or a military intervention is definitely not the correct solution and will not bring peace to libya and the diplomatic ways to resolve the conflict should be sought after and the opera for a should be preferred over any kind of military presence in that area of course we do know that both sides do seem to agree on that position in regards to only with
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libya but also with syria that both sides are gates of any sort of potential intervention or even potential u.n. sanctions and that is something that is most likely going to be reiterated. once again that shared position here in moscow. caterina's are busier now for more on russia china relations i can talk to because rena called in all from moscow state university of international relations and she's written extensively on security in the asia pacific region katrina thank you for being here with us now the two nations have become each other's major trading partners as we can see but what does that mean is russia drifting more towards asia president europe and the united states. are just the suggestion that gambit is sincere with their recent developments with china getting the second becoming the second to becoming part of their russian or by the i think that's who we should look at the situation more broadly for example if we look at a year of work to go with germany which is the next to major in
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a bar there a process they can only point to you in europe it's now modeling through the economic problems with the european economy how whether the economy is that part probably of their main role here is the situation in europe in general and china on the other hand is on the rise our goal believe not only from their point of view russia china trade on the come on the relations are think that for russian interests it's more important to keep the balance between here a piano and asian economic and political bar there and we definitely should look at a more long a long term trend to make such conclusions well because you know looking at the economic landscape of the region russia also maintains good relations with india which is one of china's main competitors there how does beijing view this collaboration. because it's not
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a secret that to russia to start go it is maintaining a quite good relations with india are as well as with china of course china is about. and if we look at the situation thrown by the point of view of india china relations of their economic dimension is zero is also very robust. and i think that of course here china can feel a some difficult this is about it but the general trend and the empirical facts show that the coffee ration in the prayerful form of i mean russia china india india in india or. even to helps to level two to resolve some political difficulties but the difficulty is between the china and india so i think that in the near future process prospect it's even better for russia to play such a media row between india and china. despite what seems to be
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a very stable and dynamic relationship between the two countries there are still some bumps on the road there and one of the problematic issues i should say for the two countries from a weapons exports to back in the one nine hundred ninety s. china was the leading buyer of russian arms but now russia fears china is copying its weapons and selling them at lower prices do you think this is clouding the relations between the two countries. are yes and no yes because of course it's a it's a problematic issue here and of this situation drives the military technical cooperation and trade in the military tactical sphere to the case of unbalanced partnership but. on the other hand it's a good impulse to revise or trade relations on military technical cooperation and to try strands of the private find out and give
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a two unit is maybe only modo which would also have with a reindeer when we pick up the rate in the next year and this but the racial israel is successful so i think that a. this is really an impulse to revise to rethink what should be the next step and in china russia military robbery all right president calderon from moscow state university of international relations thanks very much for sharing your views with us here on our t.v. much appreciated. the fate of libya's leader and a political way out of the civil war or will be at stake during talks in tripoli as russia's and what will be current gadhafi loyalists we all more gaffes of his are to try and broker a cease fire comes as the latest nato airstrikes target an area close to cut off his compound reports. the visit to tripoli is part of russia's peace mediator mission in the protracted lieben conflict moscow has been insisting all the time
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but a nonviolent negotiation is the only way out of the crisis russia has repeatedly criticized nato for starting the military operation here and has never supported a u.n. security council resolution which authorized intervention russian special presidential envoy mikhail margelov who was sent here to try to get everybody around the table that's actually very hard to achieve the rebel supported by nature allies want to force gadhafi out while the colonel himself says that he will fight to the death meanwhile recently have been several signs indicating that a compromise is possible last week make a matter of met with the opposition leaders in the libyan rebel stronghold of benghazi and talked to get off his cousin in cairo and said that both sides have a mutual understanding that a protracted war is not an option and the crisis should be resolved through peaceful means he also said that he had
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a feeling that the rebels are almost ready for a dialogue with gadhafi the people in tripoli we have been able to speak to are welcome in russia's afterwards they are extremely exhausted after months of war. which has taken many many lives and has almost completely destroyed the country's infrastructure due to a shortage of fuel gasoline lines stretch for kilometers and kilometers people have to spend hours even days a line you know to feel up their cars and it's tire more overnight to continues to strike tripoli and we can hear bombardments mess of bombardments almost every night and that scares them as well while people are getting more and more angry and all they want is to get the normal live bag frustration is high among the rebels as well as they feel as though nato is taken control over what's to that is a national uprising it's too early to say whether russia will be able to bring peace and stability to leave it but it was clear among people on the ground is that
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it's definitely worth trying. it out of there so we have three this hour here on our question of justice as alleged russian gun runner victor bullock faces a new round in his court battle would put the legality of the whole case under scrutiny. and find out how a nationality is cast aside by explorers surviving in the freezing waters of the world's coldest continent. the u.s. will now have to readjust its missile defense plan for you were after the czech republic announced its dropping out of the project prague said it was frustrated as it's at its now minor role in the system the country was originally supposed to host their radar base but president obama proposed stationing a less important facility there washington claims the scheme aims to protect europe from potential threats from iran or north korea but there has been strong opposition from russia which is concerned it is the target the czech republic has
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also seen massive public protests against involvement in the u.s. plans. the greek prime minister is promising to reshuffle his cabinet and seek a vote of confidence in parliament after coalition talks with opposition parties. failed george has been trying to push through more cuts to secure a second e.u. and i.m.f. handout the plan sand over twenty five thousand angry people onto the streets of athens on wednesday while unions held a general strike protesters clashed with police he fired tear gas at them to miss traders threw rocks and pepper bombs there were a number of arrests and injuries some of the protesters tried to block off parliament to stop m.p.'s from moving on the new plant british m.p. nigel ferrars believes the bailout isn't going to help every people because it's only there to save the band. one of the reasons that everybody is so determined to keep greece in the euro is so that the banks don't have to take a serious hit all there for policies so something has gone seriously wrong with the
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banking system it's almost as if there's a little on the podium. of politicians and bankers versus ordinary people i'm sure that's what the people on the streets of athens today feel like don't think the banking crisis is over i suspect but it's hardly begun i do many cases it might have been better to do what iceland did and say look these bags go bust these people lose their jobs these people lose their molly fortunate about life and i suspect we're going to regret it keeping the banks afloat i mean imprisoning countries like greece inside a currency union which they're just not suited. and actually sarah first was caught up in the violent protest in the heart of athens her firsthand account is available on our website dot com. be the price that i'm going to be. a bit. below the people who provide that even want to know we have three cars
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people. plus there are also plenty of other stories and videos r.t. dot com including stunning and just tell me your way or the total eclipse of the moon on a wednesday night. and your court will hear the next round in the ongoing legal battle over victor book the russian man america accuses of being an international arms dealer his lawyers and the prosecution will discuss the case with a judge but is awaiting trial in a u.s. prison but as marie important reports the legality of proceedings is being questioned every step of the way. he is the russian citizen america fought relentlessly to adopt victor boot was secretly and swiftly extradited to the u.s. seven months ago and this may be where he stays indefinitely if found guilty on arms smuggling and terrorism related charges fifty years convicted he's looking at life there's no parole there's no early release in the federal system really the
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only way in the federal system to get a reduction in your symptoms. a significant reduction is if you cooperate with the united states government some have argued mr bush needs to be on captain america's team however captain america is being accused of playing dirty and illegally to remove the air cargo business man from thailand according to documents released by wiki leaks all levels of washington top to bottom mounted political pressure against bangkok to gain custody of boot in a us cable dated august thirteenth two thousand and nine us president barack obama was urged to call thailand's prime minister directly about boot the u.s. attorney general and state department were encouraged to call the thai ambassador highlighting the massive drug enforcement administration commitment to thailand and the us ambassador in bangkok urged the thai government to issue a public statement of disappointment at the judge's ruling not to extradite boot
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america's the world's most powerful nation but it's not more powerful than the world unfortunately the way things stand right now they're willing to flaunt every international law to get what they want and that means doing all these illegal things in the case of their to move to extradite him or should say kidnapping who was arrested in bangkok in march two thousand and eight during a u.s. sting operation he was charged with conspiring to sell weapons to colombian fark rebels on two occasions the thai court rejected america's extradition request when an entourage of armed u.s. agents removed him from thailand following a decision of the thai government his extradition was still not legally approved the covert operation was kept secret from russia boots family and his attorney. when the transfer of victor boot to america was a violation of a very important thai american treaty signed in one nine hundred ninety eight which states that political offenders cannot be extradited the case was not finalized and
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was moved to the us america used various means political. another's outside the boundaries of due legal process to get victor boot that means that victor boot is not getting a fair deal to this day tire fishes have not provided official documents explaining the legal grounds behind boots extradition this despite repeated inquiries made by the russian foreign ministry that. we know for sure that's all movember sixteenth two thousand and ten that the moment a little bit to beat was physically taken out of its own prison his case was being considered by the toy cool to the peals that is why there are no legal grounds for him to face a u.s. court. meantime victor boot remains in the u.s. prison held in solitary confinement his wife doubts her husband will receive a fair trial from the country she says violated international and bilateral laws to get him. that it's clear to everyone that the case has long been moved from the
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sphere of law to politics i think or rather i would love to think that the american court is unbiased but i have strong doubts about it because i think such pressure could be put on anyone including the jury. the country accusing victor boot of our dealing now finds itself a political arm twisting come october an american jury will decide picked a future to be a political pressure exercised by the u.s. army evidently the arena point nine r.t. new york. now take a look at some other stories from around the world and the second in command has become its leader according to a statement allegedly issued by the organization models our hearing is believed to have been the operational brains behind the nine eleven attacks a week ago to set a solid law that would continue to terrify the united states from beyond the grave the former leader was killed by american special forces of pakistan last month. a
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u.s. congress. and shot in the head in january has been released from hospital after recovering enough to walk and talk again. still faces daily intensive therapy and may never be able to return to work six people were killed and twelve others injured and there is only a shooting that took place during a political rally. the man accused of the shooting has been declared mentally on sits to stand trial that you just covered these that hacker group claims to have knocked the central intelligence agency's public web site offline from calling itself security appeared on twitter to confirm it was part of the tap the group has previously claimed responsibility for cracking into the senate us public broadcasting system t.v. network and a company that works was f.b.i. the cia website was inaccessible on wednesday. in an extreme world of ice and cold as far as the eye can see it's one for all and all for one every human sent there
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to work wherever they come from is a vital link in the chain of survival are to sean thomas went to antarctica to see at a national relations at their best. in the icy waters of the antarctic this research vessel was damaged in some very rough seas going to sea is never easy it always involves risk we ran into a storm and had some trouble with our rudder so we came into the choice for a base where we were having the choice. and where the russian base has offered help and other bases around have offered any help that's the kind of international cooperation that we get me antarctica which we may not know their places because of its remoteness and because all countries that are here recognize the importance of all the work that we all do here working together is vital for the survival of those at the different international stations as well in the winter medical evacuations are impossible because of the weather conditions. and
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a lot of this it is very important to cooperate with the station. we're different doctors here with different specialties so we complement each other for example my main specialty is orthopedics trauma i'm the only one here as you can imagine my specialty is in high demand here they are for neighbors get in touch with me quite often we also ask our neighbors to help us with diagnostic devices we don't have one of the areas where cooperation between countries is strongly evident is in the realm of scientific research where ideas and information are exchanged regularly so that multiple projects can benefit for example we're working right now with the germans who are further down the peninsula doing a crawl survey and we will combine our data with their data at the camera meeting we also work closely with the british and provide any other help with scientific investigators that come aboard our ship to conduct their search their studies as well. as here to different dive teams discuss how they can share information and
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samples between russia and germany. and beyond the lab different countries keep an eye on each other to make sure that all activities are in line with the antarctic treaty system an international monitoring program that helps protect the earth's southernmost land and we've seen that just today visiting these people they all operate very closely you can very well treated by through russians the giants and the chinese fantastic facilities the antarctic treaty i think it's one of the unique treaties in world history in terms of that kind of cooperation and it is this special bond of working together in such an extreme environment that creates such a lasting friendships that thirty years ago when i came to the station for the first time one chilean put it very well leave the conflict to politicians we the polar explorers have to live in peace because if we can remind ourselves who else can we rely on for help in antarctica sean thomas r.t. . reporting from the world's coldest continent there and you can read more about
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his adventurous antarctica and his blog at r.t. dot com. more than a month. one of the most extreme environments on the planet. and people have to be aware that they are far away from civilization. so special and attractive for many the wildlife in antarctica is. the frontal. expedition to the bottom of the earth. rushes drumming up business as movers and shakers of the financial world gather for the annual economic forum in st petersburg our business desk is life there. thank you marina i am matras
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a live in st petersburg at the st petersburg international economic conference good to have you with us with your our t.v. business wrap up now if this is the fifteenth annual st petersburg conference and it's the white nights in st petersburg going on right now so there's a perfect backdrop to this event we've got main themes that are being discussed here among them russia's a session to the world trade organization and the other big topic of discussion here is russia's creation of a ten billion dollar state backed private equity fund designed to help bring investment and lower business to russia and to the russian economy to help to bolster the russian and diversified the russian economy to a stated goal of president medvedev now one of the focuses of attention is not only on bringing business from the west which is something that has been tried to to make it attractive before but also looking east china is a huge partner of russia economically and culturally and it's something that is
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trying to bring more together here through the conference chinese president hu jintao in russia and he's going to be helping hammer out the final details of a gas deal between russia and china and that's something that is going to be under discussion in moscow and here in st petersburg when they put pen to paper on that deal again that ten billion dollars private equity fund also going up for discussion here is something that is designed to bring more business and investment to russia now just a step back just to give you a big picture of what's going on here last year's theme was modernisation and diversification and the. inception of moscow as a global financial center also. trying to continue bringing business and investment to russia now this year's conference has a budget of thirty two million dollars two thirds of that coming from sponsors and that's ten percent more than last year so you can see that this conference is
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something that's gaining steam here the general partners the major players spare a banker ross nafta and gatt as all russian companies large ones helping to bring this conference to the fore to make it happen they try to build this conference as russia's answer to davos and that's something that you can certainly see here at the at the exposition center in st petersburg now the featured speakers here of course russian president dmitry medvedev and as we've mentioned chinese president hu jintao along with them spanish prime minister jose zapatero will be in attendance and also president of fenian finland tanya tarja college in rather and nursultan nazarbayev the president of kazakhstan also in attendance and will be addressing the thousand plus people expected to attend the conference here people attendees coming from more than one hundred countries and dozens and dozens and dozens of companies represented here as well r.t.
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among the many the media players here we are here at our tees. pavilion at the exposition center here and many many others all spread throughout the exposition space also representatives from of course from the world's biggest companies citibank siemens at cisco u.b.s. mercedes-benz the list goes on and on the main themes of this year's conference a creative capital emerging leadership and russia's a session to the world trade organization things that we're talking about with people throughout the day here we're going to have many many live guess we've already spoken to one already we talked with nicholas jordan he's the c.e.o. what u.b.s. in russia and the commonwealth of independent states he tells us that the investment climate in russia is something that. he's looking forward to addressing and favorable one for business. there's been some progress i don't think it's enough and personally i think the actually the government also believes that it's
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not that the job is not complete. they have done some good things like you like they've established kolkata they have asked for politicians to leave the boards of various companies they have extensive privatization program they've established the fund that will look for edward investments so they've done some things but there's more to do. are we seeing tangible progress you know i'm very involved with spoke of a foundation and the leadership foundation i can tell you i have a real we have a report card we can demonstrate tangible measurable results today versus one year ago so we're making progress is it perfect no is it is going to see it going well yes we are about to announce a major partnership with one of the top.

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