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coming to live from moscow into our breaking news this hour ukraine's acts prime minister is guilty of abusing her authority while signing gas deals with russia a judge in kenya found cause a country to lose nearly two hundred million dollars in agreeing an edgy contract are just like here she ask is following events for us in kiev and joins us live now so i see tell us what's next for you and. what is unclear what punishment from a site that would face now we understand that she has been found guilty by the judge and he is continuing to read out the verdict this may take some time but the certainly the prosecution asked for seven years in prison for the country's former prime minister this may change eventually when the verdict will be read out completely now this central street of kiev has turned into a mess because the protesters those who are protesting the possible prison sentence of you to resign go have blocked the street and now the police are trying to
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disperse the crowd this may lead to some violence it is hard to say whether the violence will eventually happen we've heard predictions from several deputies over ukrainian parliament that this day tuesday may end up in bloodshed right now as i can see the policemen are blocking off the road trying to disperse the protesters which have gathered in thousands here this is clearly the largest presence of the opposition protesters here in the central street of steve in front of the court where the tomasz a trial has been happening since it's kicked off in june we've seen protests mostly every day but this is clearly the largest and the loudest we understand the verdict is being read out as we speak right now it isn't clear how long will it say we are expecting and we're hopeful that we have some information and some clearance on you to a sense of sight later during the day. of trial has been facing allegations of being politically motivated to one of the reasons behind. well the opposition
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protesters and the opposition have been claiming all along that the case has been politicized in fact they are describing today as the judgment day of ukrainian democracy they say should. be present then the democracy would and in ukraine this stance is being denounced by the country's leadership president going to question his recent interview has been saying that he has no worries and he doesn't care about the tymoshenko case and this case was not politicized at all it is interesting because one of the main accusations overthrew units in the sample is the that she according to the prosecution unlawful sunstroke unlawful deals with russia in two thousand and nine the gas agreements russia moscow is adamant that those deals were signed in full accordance with the two countries legislation and that this case this trial must be transparent at the same time we're hearing lots of furious comments coming from the european union the latest one coming from
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catherine ashton the euro commission's representative of a foreign affairs who said that the possible agreement on the association with their european union and ukraine could be canceled should go go to prison we are monitoring the situation and of course a lot depends on what the final of large from the judge will hear today or some time in the near future absolutely i see things are much indeed for bringing us more details on the guilty verdict for you and. your reporting from kiev there. and for more on what's a half or. bring in prime minister i'm joined live now by john laughlin from the paris based is he had for democracy and cooperation john thanks for being here with us in the program so what sands in your opinion. is likely to get. that's difficult to say i think we'll have to wait for the report to come through as you know the maximum sentence is seven years but it may be that she was given
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a suspended sentence perhaps in the interests of social peace you may not know this but i am something of an expert on political trials my latest book was called a history of political trials from charles the first to seven hussein and i traced the history of three hundred years of. trials of former heads of state and heads and former heads of government and generally speaking i have to say that i am a skeptic about these trials. i don't know supporter of yulia timoshenko but i think that it is very dangerous to use the criminal law to adjudicate acts of state and this is what has happened in this case she is tried as you've just said in your report for the busa office now that is a political charge it is an attempt to bring the criminal law to bear on the acts of state on acts of a prime minister committed while she was in office and the historical record shows
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that such trials are very seldom models that you process. well what are the chances there i mean is there a chance that she could actually everyway in jail. yes my understanding of the case is that a suspended sentence could be handed down which would mean that she would avoid it trail nonetheless be. able to. judging by the report you just heard from kiev i would have thought that would be a wise move if people if the political temperature is rising if people are in the streets in austral that's not going to be a consideration of the judge but nonetheless it will be i think a good outcome rather than a prison sentence as i say it stereo normal us for a country to have a criminal custody all sentences for what are effectively administrative. crimes or administrative failings she's not accused in this trial of personal
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corruption she's not accused of crimes against humanity or war crimes she's accused of having signed deals without due orthorexic and that is not normally the kind of thing which the criminal or is used to adjudicate well as you just said the temperature at home is rising but let's now take a look at the situation outside of ukraine and international context ukraine's president as we know victory on a card is expected to hold talks in brussels next week to finalize the agreement association agreement where the e.u. so how do you think the guilty verdict to that we heard today is likely to affect their stocks in brussels. i think it will have a negative effect on. on those talks the european union has already made it clear that if you use this trial very dimly it takes a very dim view of this trial doesn't like to see opposition politicians put in prison and i think there is every chance that the european union may take some
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strong measures such as freezing the talks with ukraine it's interesting of course that she that yulia tymoshenko is accused of signing in gas deal that was too favorable to russia because i'm sure your viewers will remember that she was brought to power in two thousand and four on the pro western ticket she was a member of of course of the orange team that came in under viktor yushchenko so it's a great irony that that she should now be accused of signing deals that are two things for people to russia but as i say i think the european union will react badly on the other hand. frankly there is no chance at all of ukraine joining the european union and the idea that ukraine at least a neighbor in the next ten or fifteen years so these negotiations i'm afraid are really just for form's sake they don't have any real bearing on reality why as we heard from our correspondent earlier and day he was bringing us the latest on their reaction at helm to the verdict and there have been for thousands of people taking
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part in protests in the streets to support us so how do you think this divide back at home will affect their political climate in ukraine. well one has to be careful of course because you know a thousand people ok that's a thousand people but when they appear on a television screen they can under certain circumstances take on a greater importance than they really have that was certainly the case in the orange revolution where a mass movement was effectively manufactured. by television images nonetheless it seems clear that on. fortunately of all the soviet republics of all the former soviet republics ukraine continues to be more i think wrecked by division. really any of the ex soviet state it's a country that i think has had great difficulty accommodating itself to its
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newfound statehood and this division between the pro western and prove russian camps remains strong again it's an irony that you do to machine code as in a sense speed in both camps obviously as i say she came to power in the pro western camp but now she's accused of so i think it gets to that was too favorable to russia the less i think ukraine is not a country. whose political system has been all that good for the last few years it's partly the result of western intervention it's partly the result of ukraine's very sensitive to political position between russia and the european union but i think it also has internal factors and so we'll have to wait to see how those factors play out if indeed she was given a custodial sentence are thrown out and john locke london thank you very much indeed for sharing your news with hear us on r.t. john larkin of the paris based instead of democracy and cooperation if you. still
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have for you this hour here in our t.v. euro zone hangs by a thread slovakia votes on a commercial deal which could decide the fate of dad strapped european nations and plans to bail them out. reshuffling the world arcade political stage russia's lousy reporter and his chinese counterpart are looking to lay the first breaks in beijing today from aerospace to now development analogy there is much on the table offer more on the much hyped meeting and what's at stake let's take a listen to our tease marina costs around. this is prime minister vladimir putin's first visit since announcing his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections and this i'm a signal a change in focus for russia for many years the west has been dominated the political stage for russia china's economic progress may have been the sense many analysts are saying that the strategic partnership between the two biggest and
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fastest growing economies could shift power balance in the world now both nations have supported each other throughout the years on issues related to sovereignty security and development they also have similar political views and we've seen this just recently when both of them a veto of the european draft the u.n. security resolution which was condemning syria and was suggesting that it could face sanctions if it continued this crackdown on protesters the both the countries are also members of the brics alliance along with india brazil and south africa and the concern of economic uncertainty in europe and the u.s. has seriously undermined the dominance all of europe and the us all of the world political stage and it has cleared the way for emerging powers such as russia and china you know this year china has climbed the back up and passing germany and it's now russia's number one trade partner and actually. said that he expects that
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number this year could reach seven be a billion dollars and by twenty twenty that when that number to grow to two hundred billion also the russian prime minister today is expected to sign a sweeping cooperation on technical modernization and what this means is that china will benefit from russia's leadership in nuclear energy space and aviation now russia on the other hand will take advantage of chinese superiority high speed rail transport power generation equipment and alternative energy production and officials from both countries. i have actually said that this is the best the relationship has been in years and today will of course be another of the strengthen that. the cost of reporting there from beijing well for more on just how strong the sign a russian relationship is i'm now joined by francis lawn managing director of investment company with the holdings live from hong kong francis thanks very much for being here with us in the program well as we know the relations between russia
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and china have been on the bumpy road for some time and it's only for the past maybe death we're seeing the. emergence of a friendship and strengthening of relations so tell us what's behind this post soviet saw in your opinion. well. economically politically as for teaching. china and russia is a. good fit because. of course what i did to say the u.s. and europe join together is really dominating global politics and i think a china and russia can join to get to. wait and not let them dictate around the world the recent veto by russia and china under seal in question is a quick example but. on the economic front china has a big population while russia has a very small population but
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a lot of resources so russia can supply a lot of the resources to china loadable e. nato resources like. minerals. and while china has supply cheap. to russia so i think of. love as space china and russia have a lot of room to cover and they can be can develop into a mutually beneficial relationship. well in your opinion how this mutually beneficial relationship which is a lie going to grow as you said how is this likely going to affect the rest of the world and how what sort of reaction are we likely to get from say the u.s. and europe to this. of course europe and you would not be happy because europe and the usa joining together in the form of nato which is
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encroaching east would. russia and of course russia do a lot like this to happen. elsewhere in the world in the middle east. even let in america. the usa is dictating agenda to the rest of the world and both china and russia want to be a counterweight. to want to let america to dictate strategic interests and political interests globally so i think in this area a special lead that china russia both a permanent security council members both have a veto so in this area china and russia can really do a lot and also really can be a way to do you with. the european union well russia and china are both in the u.n. security council as you just mentioned and they're also part of the break block so
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tell us a bit more about this blog's role in the world is it likely to turn into political power in the future thank. you don't think the brics bloc we'll be a political power. it will most probably be a economic power because india is ready and to china so there is no way india can cooperate with china but they have the shanghai protocol. for countries like classic style. turkey and russia and this is sent to asia china and russia canpotex this for teaching interest in political interest there and would not let america to. to mount a staging post that's got two stars so this is very important so both countries
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well mr moon very briefly before we let you go what is the public attitude towards the relations between russia and china towards the strengthening relations i should say. i think most people will welcome it of course i think people see as really a. what you can guess what the charge that china was to. russia and of course russia. does through. china so it will expose ways. all right francis lui managing director of investment company lindsey holdings thanks very much indeed for sharing your views with us here on our team. well there have been reports of police beating war veterans during a peaceful protest in boston the demonstration was part of the occupy wall street movement which is aimed at big business and banks the protests which started in new
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york are now countrywide now let's get more from our tease out of his closely watching the protests for us there so these reports we're getting from boston is of the first time police have used force there. it was the first time the police are use force in boston not though unfortunately not the same can be said for the rest of that kind what we know about the situation in boston thus far is about a fifty to one hundred protesters have been arrested we've heard reports of about a thousand people camped out there especially been session mass a court or when this movement in boston that there were two separate tampa areas where of protesters were demonstrating one of them got raided by the police this evening we've heard reports about of police officers actually breaking down the tents confiscating prop property and as you mentioned earlier at the most i guess egregious act that we had witnessed was an actual physical confrontation between
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some of former veterans of the vietnam war at least one of the gentleman that we heard about was seventy four years old there is a video of him getting actually violently beaten down by the police. very very unusual situation is something that was actually very closely watched here in downtown new york city where of course the original so called occupy wall street protests began that of course our team has been covering since september seventeenth now they were live streaming some of the action here are a lot of the protesters very outraged that the actions that were happening as several have actually left new york to travel to boston to show solidarity with some of the protesters out there and we do know that these as you mentioned these events these protests are spreading throughout the country there's a lot more support for it and of course it's not so much about the protests as the
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underlying economic situation that's leading to the conditions that are encouraging people to take their streets they are tired of what they call a corruption of wall street corruption in washington and they feel like the economic system no longer represents them and many of the people that i've spoken to here are relieved. just don't feel like it's it's a democracy and said that it's the kind of country that they thought that they of which really we're living in people are trying to take a stand for what they feel is right whether or not that's going to be heard of course is a whole separate story now and we do know that these protests as i've said earlier are spreading we do know that that the police are far more aware of the fact that there is this content across the country they're trying to be careful but again we do see instances like what we saw for example last weekend here in new york on the brooklyn bridge where seven hundred protesters were arrested for marching on the bridge an unprecedented number here in new york and of course this is spreading
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across the country more and more cities seem to have their own so-called occupy wall street moments that have sprung out including in los angeles of course where artesian own go in go has been posted and he had actually captured some of the action on the other coast and brings us the following report. oh protesters took over a bank of america branch in los angeles and were willing to get arrested in order to send a clear message to wall street he was to say that thanks to know he'd stolen all the money from the land and we want it more than a dozen people have taken to the streets of los angeles now this woman a group of people from occupy los angeles in solidarity with occupy wall street and we have here people who have just been foreclosed on plenty of police here in force
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in order to keep this crowd in check the anti-corporate mobilizations which started in new york are spreading and now some of the most of fact and by the nation's economic crisis are joining in rows goodell received an eviction notice after falling behind on her mortgage payments i was a worker and was told that i was i have heard nothing. but that also knowing my pay she believes that this type of political action will bring results and they've been really governing out of but i might just take you to it and there has to be a dad and i think this is the stand that you're seeing at this point from struggling homeowners to the unemployed people all walks of life are becoming in boulder and by the recent street demonstrations we have to go. to my job to do they cannot make. that a basket be a happier side of me and used to work at an auto parts plant he's part of the four
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point five million people who have been unemployed for more than a year now this father of two is struggling to hold on to his home diverse groups have made up the mobilization in cities across america in recent weeks as more people become inspired to vent their frustration with our financial and. political institutions that is that oh. there's still uncertainty about whether these protests will cause direct change or whether other self interested groups will try to capitalize on the popularity but it appears that the financial state of the nation has helped motivate americans to take democracy to the streets. right ok brothers and sisters in the struggle i'm. in los angeles ramon go in though archie. the euro zone is
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agonizingly close to accepting a new bailout plan for dan strapped nations but the final step could be a tough one tiny slovakia is the stumbling block the last country to ratify the agreement and push the deal through r.t. sara firth has been following the story. greece might of being smug bang at the center of attention recently because the euro is in crisis rumbles on and other member states are being asked to vote on the european stability fund we take a look at how these other countries ok playing with the pressure all eyes are on slovak here today to see if politicians will vote positively on the european stability fund to aid ailing countries like greece as the last member state viki's decision is crucial to take a look at this t.v. ad for a popular slave beer it announces to want to borrow from everyone that is greek not wanting to lend to grace that is slovak
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a tongue in cheek has captured the mood of the people here perfectly. here is not a rich country we need money for our healthcare system harmless for our elderly. as the second poorest country in the year is a new reason why they should help the richer nations who they view as having spent more than they could afford and political dissent is met there is uncertainty about whether the leading coalition party will be able to get the votes they need for the bailout funds to go ahead prevail of all seventeen countries that use the single currency is needed. doesn't want to look like a member. or not. so i see there's a strong pressure from from other european countries and. probably too weak to resist if it doesn't prefer the plan slovakia but be expected to contribute about
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seven point seven billion year a to the pot which will taste about four hundred forty billion euro with year easing countries like spain and italy making increasingly unstable many critics are saying that even this will not be enough but it's a dead end every so often. it's the final solution to the problem and they say it will take these margins but this will be the end of it and it's like the end of the tunnel that will come out and what we see is an endless. austerity leading to more depression. leading to more measures leading to more depression and people realize now that you've got to break out that despite facing an outpouring of public discontent germany managed to pass the measures at the end of last month but in slovakia many have remained strictly pays to boosting the fund that taxpayer is paying a penny. the. situation is not sustainable in greece.
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amounts to be pledged are so huge that it really doesn't make sense and they see that it doesn't make sense to them and i think it's like politicians we all see that there are also other alternatives let's look at the czech republic they don't have euro they are doing quite well they don't need a common currency and at the same time that they don't have to pledge money and some loans to other countries the decision of the small member state today could have a big impact on the plans for the bailout fund because the debt crisis continues to be felt in the richest member states to the poorest is no global concern about just where this is going to and search. athens. and i'll be back with a recap of our top stories in just a few moments stay with our team. down
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welcome back you're watching our t.v. and these are the top stories ukraine's ex prime minister is guilty of abusing her authority while signing gas deals with russia a judge unclear found a way to shall go cause the country to lose nearly two hundred million dollars in agreeing the energy contract and they have real police presence crowds gathered outside the court building awaiting the announcement first sound tense. and eye wall street protests in boston reportedly turned violent with police accuse. bidding war veterans during a peaceful demonstration. the fusion of a new global voices asia's two biggest giants russia and china build a union to challenge the bullet.

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