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ukraine's ex prime minister is sentenced to seven years in jail for abusing power when signing gas contracts with russia but it's sparking clashes between supporters and police. going east moscow and beijing boost cooperation as china becomes the first country britain visits after declaring he will run for the presidency next year. and america's energy corporate protests in boston meet a response from the police who reportedly he talked a little bit is taking part in a peaceful rally our top stories this hour.
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live from a c.d.s. here in central moscow this is. ukraine's next prime minister is jailed for seven years he was found guilty of abuse of power gas deals with russia two years ago and actually on the chefs he was following the events from outside the court where commission has supporters have been involved in scuffles with police. at times it seemed that the tension would go over the top with the supporters of you too ashamed of thousands of them trying to organize a march through the streets of kiev and being dispersed by the police with no real brutality but still some pushing and shoving and the situation was really explodes and still several people were injured in the pushing and shoving with the police one woman we saw as she was taken to hospital having fallen from a stage or from a staircase or something like that inside the courtroom of course it was very tense as well while the judge was reading out the verdict. was over shouting the judge
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was screaming abusive words at him saying that this decision this verdict was not done in accordance with the criminal law but it was orchestrated by president viktor yanukovych indeed the reaction from the former prime minister when she learned that she's to spend seven years in prison have her property confiscated and to pay out almost two hundred million u.s. dollars and that was very much furious. rick perry in regime. tell me the transition to the constitution and just be on to much i think she did begin to draw them if you. would you have to be. carrying regime don't give up when to stand up the protesters several thousand of them will remain in the key of central street for another week at least to follow the developments and to see whether their leader would be set free or any any other development could happen to her i'm sure he's saying all along that those deals back in two thousand and nine were signed in full accordance with international law and with the two
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countries legislation and the reaction which we have already received from the russian foreign ministry is saying almost the same that the court which had the verdict delivered basically neglected the fact that russia believed that that the deals were signed a law fully and the verdict itself has something over and so i russian pretext we have also received. from russia's prime minister vladimir putin who is we will dirt as to why this verdict. developed in this scenario. to be honest i can't find understand why she got those seven years to machine code did not sign anything the contracts were signed between economic agents grown enough to go as they were signed fully in accordance with russian and ukrainian legislation as well as international rules and regulations i think it's dangerous and counterproductive to call into question the entire set of agreements that also being certainly very harsh reactions to the verdict coming from the european union but my colleague
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daniel bush will probably tell you more about that in a short while. alexey mentioned today's verdict has received a critical response from european union officials with calls for the e.u. to rethink its relations with ukraine. reports now from brussels. there's been a whole stole reaction from the people in europe here the european union's from policy chief catherine ashton says she's been following the verdict and the european union main fact reassess its whole relations with key of as a result of this verdict we've had the e.u. saying is deeply disappointed with the judge's decision and the e.u. commission i did their experience consequences for by that relations and earlier today that europe are commissions that hope for a review of this of this verdict on appeal and we've wanted to see changes in ukrainian law so this all took place calls happen again the head of the european parliament grits the verdict also michigan is calling for a review of the case on appeal they claim wish to enter the european in discussing
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the free trade agreement and ukraine president is actually here in brothels next week to discuss the first steps to joining the european union but the sounds we're getting here from brussels is that this may be put on hold and in fact stopped if if this case is not reviewed let's now listen to an expert for more details on this case the european union has already made it clear that if you set this trial date elliptic straight to this trial it doesn't like to see opposition politicians in prison and i think there is every chance that the european union may take some strong measures such as freezing the talks with the. trade treaty there is no chance at all if ukraine joining the european union so there were serious doubts about whether key of would actually go through with the ukraine would actually be able to join the european union but this verdict on yulia timoshenko really seems
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to put the entry of ukraine into the european union in the long grass. well to further discuss about it come join by james from the russian regime graham franks very much indeed for joining us live back in oxford in the u.k. well as we just heard there from daniel bushell in brussels the european reaction very negative now the russian prime minister well we just heard that he has being very surprising perplexed by this verdict so how will this affect relations between russia and ukraine now. dare i say all your viewers who want to know that i am from the royal institute of international affairs not that i would be astonished if your prime minister or the least plex about what is going on he understands this type of situation very well there are two political motivations on this whole process the first is a possibly excessive definitely excessive fear early on over truths of
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the strength of the popularity of really it's in the sink low in the country which is actually as low as to its own and although you'll recall to mention thousands on streets on tumult this point there's only been hundreds of people on the street and you contrast that with the orange revolution where we had tens of thousands of people on the street you can see how just the charge of the ukrainian electorate is sweet. sankoh in the rest of the us but the second motivation and. i think the t.v. approaching this correct is there is an anti russian subtext because they are trying to fire the next justification for false second alteration of the gas agreements you know just say the agreements that yulia timoshenko entered into in two thousand i moved to one contract and then secondly a supplementary agreement saying they were illegal. it is utterly bizarre big
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post-presidential of clothes which confirmed the liberty of these words when he concluded the kharkiv accords with president mitt gave you here april two thousand and ten he affirmed the validity of the accords it your earlier to machine for klute with prime minister push it so that this is just one of many absurdities in this whole drama unfolding ok despite that validity claim however ukraine could actually try to review those agreements and how can they and if that's the case what would be the reaction from you which of course a suffered so much during that last gas conflict between kiev. unsettle europe would it over the energy issue if you refuse to have a nice easy shoestring through egypt the ears position has been consistent this is selective justice whatever she has done has been done by others surely the agreement even more damaging to national interests was that you showed he was not
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on trial today members of your own accord which is government open things that are extremely corrupt and questionable and the second issue is that it sets a terrible precedent in merging more pursuit of retailing your political boat because it's the centers of people who are or are not elite well that's an interesting point sorry to answer interrupt you say an emerging democracy this does not does it not ring alarm bells concerning the democratic situation after all you can look at the way that. ukraine could easily fall out with europe over this and indeed over russia are we seeing the same thing happening in baton rouge some way where president bush and co his tight grip on the opposition that i am courses isolated a country could we see you crying under same way engdahl no no i don't see it going so where because your great river ukraine remains a country unlike tailoress and russia where the out. coming every single election
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isn't darks where you do not know before presidential election or any kind of election or all that material action with the winner is so what you create is an immature law. suit which has been moving in the past year so in a somewhat more authoritarian direction which is easy to accept free you are absolutely right that this is very damaging as far as ukraine's prospects when you in the e.u. has spoken loudly and clearly on that say the country does pursue the right as perceived by most people the right democratic path could this actually result into machine code strengthening her position in the long run i suspect she is fairly good certainly should get a short term votes. but cannot. as a leader of a country she just is not sufficiently trust that people have seen through. people until there is a new opposition with new players on the scene only. it will situation to
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carry out some really interesting to talk to on this thanks so much for your time james from the russia and eurasia program joining us live there in oxford thank you . well your opinion on the stories as well come on our website his hearty dot com today we're asking you what the commission has sentence nene's the believe it's a clever ukrainian ploy to avoid paying for russian gas right about twenty five percent think the verdict is simply a politically motivated mockery if you are of the opinion that the sentence is just as well done and some percent believe it's a fatal error blocking ukraine's road to the world on to the website. and have your say. russia and china boosting corporation in a bid to balance out the economic and political dominance of western countries prime minister vladimir putin is in beijing to solidify diplomatic ties no become trade hurdles. following the landmark meeting that. it's
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important to mention that this was prime minister putin's first visit since announcing his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections and some say it's a signal of change in focus for russia for many years the last six cents or stage in the country's political agenda china's growing economic progress has most still looking east and many analysts say that the strategic partnership between the world's biggest and fastest growing economies could shift the balance of power in the world both nations have supported each other throughout the years on various issues related to the security and developments and they also have a similar political views which was proven just recently when they both a veto of the european draft the u.n. security council resolution condemning syria will vladimir putin didn't come alone here he came with a huge delegation including russian the business tycoons who were all here looking to make deals with local businesses and the results of that was seven
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a billion dollars worth of agreements with so many headed by russia's bank which also committed suicide listen and investment thought and of course energy has always been a major priority and both premier said that they have finally resolved all there are disagreements and issues relating to or oil or oil of russia's oil supply but it's a slightly different picture when it comes to gas where talks have been a live game and the premier said they're now in the final stages of negotiations but there hasn't been a resolution there yet another key focus of dado bilateral trade you know china has climbed by crop of germany to become russia's number one trade partner and prime minister vladimir putin said he's confident that this year for a turnover could reach at least seventy billion dollars with the overall goal being two hundred billion dollars bites once it's once you so a lot of high hopes and wishes for. both premiers that they're achievable and they
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have established plans that will make sure that they will become a reality. francis long from the investment company lucien holdings believes the strengthening of the sign a russian alliance can pave the way for a new axis of global economic influence the us and europe is trying to get this really really think global politics and i think a china and russia can join to get to. wait. around the world of course europe would not be happy i don't think the brits will be a political power most probably. economic power because india has. no very cooperative with china but their hands in. china and russia came to strategic
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interests and political interests there and would not let. ask i did this it's very important for both countries here with r.t. we're live here in moscow still to come on the program this hour the man dubbed the merchant of their faces trial on the case of a russian businessman accused of arms trading is casting a shadow over the u.s. justice system. and also still to come fighting their way through as libyan rebel troops pave their way through colonel gadhafi his hometown and some say civilians are paying the true price the video. story still to come for you this hour but first some reports of accused boston police of beating up war veterans taking part in a peaceful occupy boston protest forces moved in after demonstrators expanded their footprint in the center of the city the movement started in new york is quickly spreading across the country with people objecting to big banks being bailed out at
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the expense of average americans and r.t. to seek a fan of the latest. what we know about the situation in boston thus far is about fifty to one hundred protesters have been arrested there are some actually been such a mass a person or when this movement in boston that there were two separate camp areas where protesters were demonstrating one of them got raided by the police as evening we heard reports about oh you suppositories actually breaking down the tents confiscating property the most so i guess egregious act that we had witnessed was an actual physical confrontation between some other 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 so 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 was free
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protest began that a person has been conference in september seventeenth now. these protests are spreading throughout the country there's a lot more support for it and of course it's not so much that of protests as the underlying economic situation that's needing to the conditions that are purging people to take huge streets they are tired of with the carload of russian and more street washington and the feel like the economic system no longer represents them and many of the people that i've spoken to here really just don't feel like it so it's a democracy and that it's the kind of country that they are but they are literally are living in people are trying to take a stand for what they feel is right party's news you can follow their will as people across the u.s. express their frustration ortiz cause a reporter who's getting to the root of the relentless financial crisis and here's a preview of what's coming up for you later today. those are of accounts from
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old ladies sitting on fortunes and every single month they get their statement and they get up their magnifying glass and they try to figure out the bank stole money from them this month but they're very good at doing it so they can pick it up or other pension accounts or their teachers or their firemen remember all these public workers accounts they're being vilified because they want to living wage meanwhile their pensions are going destroyed by bank of new york and other banks. the russian businessman doug part of the us media the merchant of death is going on trial in new york and he used to be an international student he was brought to the us from toronto after being detained in a sting operation by american agents and that's all she's got a judge can report some unbiased jury could be difficult to come by. a new york judge that should require jurors at the trial to sign a pledge not to research the case on the internet or the media they campaign
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vilifying they said good has been so intense here that one might very well expect that you are still be affected by the whole background provided by the media here he is often referred to as the merchant of death even inspired a movie called the lord of war starring nicolas cage so it could be very hard for the jurors to ignore the legend that was created by the media big to good has faces charges of selling arms to a terrorist group and conspiring to kill american citizens if convicted he may face life in prison for us he was one of the world's most active black market arms straight years denies any wrongdoing and says he has engaged in illegal aircraft sales and shipping business the u.s. had been trying to get him extradited for two years russians believe they managed to to do it by putting on president a political pressure on the government in traditional authorities of thailand what makes the case political is the underlying implication of the u.s. accusations essentially that victor good was able to pull it off because of his
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government connections actually books lawyers and some intelligence experts claim that the reason the u.s. sold on its to have in custody is his allegedly extensive knowledge of russian military and intelligence operations both yes he served in the soviet army but it's really unclear to what extent their book is really knowledgeable in all those matters again a lot of hearsay around this man about who he was and what he did here in the united states you constantly hear things like the quintessential war profiteer referring to the good but some argue that you know victor good to know victor who could compete with the united states in war profiteering after all is the u.s. that sells more than half of all weapons worldwide including to places where political situation is far from stable. reporting their investigative journalist daniel as students and is unlikely to face a fair trial in the u.s. because the case could have an impact on washington's image. the united states
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government is going to a very very hard time proving that their target is guilty and it's going to very difficult i love making the label of merchant of death stick in a court of law and unfortunately for the united states government there is very little verifiable evidence they will be able to present and most of us here say most of it he should say it's he said she said about things which no one has ever seen and this is something that again unfortunately the bush team representing him right now was not in the position to deal with because they're simply not up to scratch he's not going to get a fair trial he's in the united states. the evidence how can you get a fair trial well the united states government has done everything in their power to bring him to the united states after two years of trial and another put him up on trial in the united states only to have baldwin embarrass the united states i don't think it's going to happen. time now for a brief look at some other news stories from around the world in a world of tens of thousands of egyptians a protest against the ruling military council here in the funerals of christians killed in clashes with security forces sunday's violence led to twenty six deaths and the hundreds injured reports say many fatalities were caused by gunfire
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vehicles driving into crowds of christian protesters meanwhile the military issued a fresh warning that they intend to crackdown on any future protests. chief recommended she's been hospitalized with a lung infection and sixty nine year old is currently on trial at the hague tribunal facing charges of genocide who are crimes and crimes against humanity and that it is accused of being responsible for the siege of sarajevo and the massacre in one thousand nine hundred five during the bosnian war last week the former general complained to the un court about his health and asked to be examined for kidney stones. troops of libya's interim government are fighting their way across the coastal town of claiming they have taken several key positions that the loyalists overnight the revolutionary forces have also advance on the town of bani walid three senior members of gadhafi regime reportedly still hiding process and that's going to journalists on the sufis told this it's
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civilians who are paying the price for the intruder's gains. i think what's happening here is really quite shocking i mean if you remove yourself from saying i support one side or support the other side what we see is a full scale assault on. you know a great densely populated area in which civilians are paying a very very heavy price now the reason why this is important is because the whole basis on which nato imposed a no fly zone at the beginning of the conflict was precisely to defend civilians against military attacks and now we have a few light. allies of nato doing what their enemies were doing a few months ago and you have to begin to ask yourself well where is nato now right is nato not saying these are civilians under attack by a military force we have to stop we have to stop its attacks and i think what we're beginning to see is if you like is that on a reemergence of the double standards what's happening in libya now is it's going
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to be a war crime if it is a war crime and i think that has to stop immediately has to be negotiation they have to be allowed to surrender but more importantly i think if they don't surrender then you put the city under siege allow the civilians to flee and they're not and they're not doing that. and clashes carried on in syria where protesters are following in the footsteps of libya's rebel fighters and we're going to our web site archie don't comment on all the time you can find out there how russia is battling to mediate a way out of the bloodshed report on the syrian opposition is visit to moscow that's on line for you twenty four seventh's. brings up for the moment coming up twenty five minutes past the hour in the russian capital with the recap of our top stories for you at half past the next though it's the business news with kareena. welcome to business here in r.t. thanks for joining me russia and china are creating a joint investment plan worth up to four billion dollars the deal is to be sealed
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in the course of promises which is a visit to beijing the start up will be jointly run by the russian direct investment fund and the china investment corporation each of the radiologist had one billion dollars to the project at least seventy percent of the funds money is expected to be the best of the russia and the policy as conference. in further effort to boost trade beijing has decided to cancel exchange fees between the yuan the ruble however despite the increased trade volumes jacob now chief economist from morgan stanley believes for converts ability for the yuan is still some way out. this two big reasons wally fool you were converse ability is maybe five years away the first is that currently he what you were on is undervalued which if it was traded at its free market price it would probably appreciate by twenty to thirty percent and you can see that in the big current account surplus is the china runs they started to let the one appreciate again or for
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a couple of years when they held it frozen insuring the crisis so the last few months the u.n. has appreciated against the dollar whereas the group wall and most other emerging market currencies have fallen sharply so it in till it gets to a fair market value i don't think you'll see feel free traded on the other reason why the move slowly is they're concerned about control and if the external value of the one is set by the kids boy the decisions of central banks to a boy you were not then they will lose a measure of control. as a look at the markets now all prizes are heading down after opec kind of global demand forecast rights which is trading at eighty four and a half dollars a barrel well brant to the one eight dollars. u.s. stocks are higher this hour where the dow trading flat investors are waiting on both ends of are telling police the size of nerves going up commodity producers and technology companies are rebounding alcoa the biggest u.s.
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palestinian producer is leading a climbing two and a half percent head of its quarterly results and european stock markets closed mostly in the red sea as the best as we're awaiting the outcome of that crucial parliamentary vote in slovakia puts the words slightly lower weighed down by losses for the mining sector couple minor out of augusta was among the worst performers topping one point six percent of copper prices falling several days of gains other commodity stocks profit similar losses eurasia natural resources dropped two point three percent the german dax bucked the trend the negative trend too and point. be precise with drug maker by rising because of that. i hear in russia markets close in the read up to several consecutive sessions of crowds as i look at some individual channels on the my six wall majors among the main retreat is with all snaps reading more than three and a quarter of a sad fact is stocks are also were also under pressure with burbank losing almost
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point seven percent that's after a reported net profit for the first time longs more bundle falls to eight billion dollars. that's all we have for you this hour but join me in about forty five minutes with more. of. the nature and discoveries of using. a communication with the want to. test yourself and
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