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money relieve. the wages of. crime is day to be heard the region is making history deciding whether to remain part of ukraine or break away and asked to be taken into russia. to run on self-determination self-examination must take place but not when it comes to crimea western leaders you turn on a decade of packing referendums with politics seemingly trumping the right of self-determination. plus the hunt for the invaders little success is our camera crew search crimea for the mythical tank column. rest in venezuela escalates with caracas blaming the u.s.
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for inciting the anti-government protests that have already claimed twenty eight lives plus both sides of the atlantic see massive protests amid allegations that gas extraction method is causing earthquakes in the u.s. . than it is the last day of the sochi winter paralympics that has seen performance from the same russia. to the closing ceremony. the latest developments and a look back at the last seven days you're watching the weekly here on our. people in crimea are waking up to a crucial day that will see their future decided one way or another.
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the polls are now open throughout the region and people are voting in a referendum they've got two options to choose from option one crimea remains part of ukraine even so it would gain greater autonomy including separate citizenship and an independent legal system option to become as part of russia and if accepted turns into one of the country's regions while waiting for russia's answer crimea as authorities plan to declare their republic an independent state will artie's paula slayer is in the crimean capital she can join us live now hello there paula paula what is the sense of feeling at the moment in crimea. well the situation here is still quite quiet the polls have only just opened but there certainly is a lot of excitement for the past few days there have been cars driving down the main roads blaring the hooter's there have been sporadic concerts organized in the
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streets and at the same time you see russian flags already waving from several governmental buildings so you do get the sense that history is in the making from saturday night crimea as have been turning out at polling stations to make sure that their names are on the lists and this is because the ukrainian justice ministry has blocked the darter base of crimea's voter registration now there are foreign observers from more than twenty one countries here they will be overseeing the whole process and speaking to some of them they say that they expect voter turnout to be more than eighty percent this is because most people here understanding the historic importance of such a vote the overwhelming majority are expected to vote in favor of joining russia and i took to the streets of some of the rubble to ask people here where they see the future of the region status and why. no our mission was you know they all want to speak their they are awful on their
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outlook everybody feel that all those people like you know all of ukraine only but most of craniums as well as russians and europeans view them as nazi collaborators on friday night two people were killed and at least four more injured in hardcore eastern ukraine by gunmen from the radical right sick to movement one of the strongest nationalist groups the leader of the right sector is running for president he's also on an international wanted list for inciting terrorism and has demanded that kiev provide his fighters with weapons in response to the situation in crimea. the interim kiev government has six ministers including the deputy prime minister from the ultra nationalist far right svoboda party one m.p. from the party has already threatened russia with nuclear weapons if moscow does not cease to support the developments in crimea. i. think our government is not legal and sure is
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a power only by or not by a desire of people as a cup jersey air power of or only buyers them self the forceful grab of power violent seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed that's how communist see recent events in kiev they strongly disagree that those protesting in the capital represented the majority of the country's population and refused to recognize the coming to authorities as legitimate. the us the first thing the good government did when they came to power was to make a law cancelling the russian language obviously it created waves in the south east because that's a mostly russian speaking region it created a lot of anger. ninety seven percent of crimea speak russian and the fact that one of the first actions was to strip the russian language of its official status could not leave people here indifferent russian has also disappeared from government websites there are also been cases of russian journalists being denied access to
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the country. but if you were there were when russia gave fifteen billion dollars it didn't put any conditions on ukraine it was for the ukrainians to decide how to use the money when europe gives money it immediately stipulates conditions to resourceful benefits and to open the economy to european products ukrainian products will stand up to competition from european products of europe in the market like the partnership deal with the e.u. was seen as catastrophic here from the onset now the west is promising economic aid through the international monetary fund but the assistance comes under the strictest of conditions and has already pushed other countries to the brink of collapse in today's referendum voters will be asked only two questions but whichever way the people choose the status of crimea will inevitably be very different from what it is now and there were actually many more reasons for people here to want their change policy r.t.
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some for apple crimea as paul mentioned a team of international observers are in crimea to oversee the voting and some of them gave us their opinion about the ballot. i would like to see if there is really a way that for the crimean people to express their will and i think that's only what counts if the people in crimea wants to leave ukraine and join the russian federation then we should respect this there is a goal of people in for me to actually vote about their own future. of course jeev is not happy about that but still we have to accept and to respect the vote of people in crimea i think they could be some probably it's leave before. coming from the from. the far right and they will move movement back to the government of teach us legal government the majority of the people. i'm looking
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for security to look for stability and therefore i. wouldn't be a free will to take my decision to united states and also the union. deal only respect international law if it's in our opinion and so we all be nice if people want to decide about their future they should have to right to do that and the international community should respect it the view we get through the european media american and european media is very distorted i must say very very distorted you get no objective information for the time being through the media so we decided to come here. self-determination for. self-determination for crimea they may be asking too much at least according to the west america and europe hostility towards the voters sharply contrasted by their previous enthusiasm
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for such referendum some of which were held in the middle of war zones and as artie's party boy reports there is quite a list. you don't have to look back far to see how the u.s. and their western partners have wrapped times encouraged referendums and secessionist splits the referendum on self-determination so. to speak there why would it be recognized by more nations around the world. to amend their own future must take place. like when kosovo voted to carve itself out of serbia in two thousand and eight this is what the birth of a nation looks like. thirty year old thirty year over governor brewer group that in fact the us backed course oppose independence two years before the un judged it was legal and in doing so set the precedent. then after a long and bloody conflict ensued on the referendum so half the country break away in two thousand and eleven to create the world's newest country south sudan they
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realize ation of this historic day is a testament to terms efforts of the people of south sudan in the search for peace. the u.s. set up its embassy in the capital of juba that very same day. just last year off the coast of argentina the people of the vocal and islands voted overwhelmingly to remain british here's david cameron consoling the argentinian president i want to raise it specifically with the argentine president and say it's important that everyone pays attention to this referendum so that was the right thing to do. again in britain over three hundred years of union could all end this september scotland being allowed to vote on whether to leave the union the prime minister says it's up to scots to decide their future. yet for all the talk of self-determination crimea's referendum has been denounced
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as illegal by the g seven group of the world's biggest economies the us ascent fighter jets close to russia deploying them in poland and lithuania it's also preparing sanctions along with the e.u. so when it comes to self-determination or territorial integrity your guess is as good as anybody's in predicting which way international powers will side the biggest clue is whether it fits that own interests polly boyko r.t. in london. well in a remarkable about turn after a decade of support for referendums washington penned the un security council resolution that would have urged nations to reject the results of a crimean vote the bill was quickly vetoed by russia with america's representative at the council going on to call it a sad day western leaders have steadily been building pressure on moscow to drop its support for crimea as authorities threatening tough sanctions earlier this week germany's angela merkel talked of massive damage that moscow would suffer only to
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face rebuke moments later they were left party member goosey took to the podium. with kosovo the opened a pandora's box what's allowed for kosovo you should also allow for others i told you this but you haven't listened to me winning the cold war has eclipsed everything for you you forgot about everything else the basques are asking why can't they make their choice whether they want to stay within spain or not catalonians are asking why can't they decide whether they want to belong to spain or not of course people living in crimea are asking the same thing i think that crimea breaking away from ukraine is just the same as kosovo i knew putin would use this argument and he did it. as the united states' interests in all of this geopolitical analyst eric draitser says the only interests the u.s. has it say what obama means when he says the people of ukraine it's a euphemism for u.s. foreign policy u.s.
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foreign policy dictates whatever the people of ukraine or any other country might believe this is this is what we've seen with so called the people of libya the people of syria the people of yemen the people of somalia the people of pakistan and we could go on and on and on every time the united states government refers to the people what they really mean is their people their chosen interests their political puppets and so forth. well throughout the week in cities across eastern ukraine people have been gathering to protest the coup in kiev and the crimean referendum in the city of donetsk on thursday night supporters of the vote turned out in their thousands after the rally there was a clash between rival groups of activists and at least one person was killed and one of east ukraine's biggest cities harkov a pro russian rally was attacked by unknown gunmen and two people died there and in a perturbed several thousand rallied against what they see as the fascist leanings
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of the post-coup government and in lugansk a march ended in the raising of the russian flag over the city hall and the court banned rallies of any kind until the end of march now with ratings at stake the media's taken its gloves off over crimea and also apparently set aside its ethics whether it be mythical tank columns invading ukraine or russian troops storming bases artie's marine corps server has been trying to sort the fact from the fiction. the western media is reverberates in with the notion of a massive russian invasion in crimea this week the self-proclaimed prime minister of ukraine raised the alarm over what he claimed were russian forces and his country carrying russian bolts on the ground the russian tanks acceptable into twenty first century well that's what all screens like this one on c.n.n. have been showing yes those are russian tanks all right that could have checked the location no because if they did that would see that it's actually four hundred
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fifty kilometers east of the ukrainian border and part of russia's military drills but it's what about ukraine well we went there to see if we can find any. well it wasn't easy i have to tell you but yes we admit we did find one german journalist mine also writes for a census this reports when i traveled to crimea i expected to find what i saw on western t.v. back home images of the russian border machine invading ukraine and it holds a protest by western politicians claiming an invasion was taking place right in front of our eyes i confess i did see one russian tank with my own eyes but this war machine has been here since the one nine hundred forty s. and didn't move ever since ok so no russian tanks but hold on a second there is talk of russian troops who are these people are they evil russian soldiers who have been flown in to capture crimea or at the very least sway crimean
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voters. our correspondents want to speak to them and find out who they truly are we are just people who feel it's our duty to protect our native city i'm from civil stored for myself spend my whole life year we maintain public order look out for any provocations and make sure nobody attacks journalists and the rest of the people but it's no no you felt a little small but i represent the self-defense town company one of ten companies formed on february the twenty. third insuperable be my commander and here base the commander of the crimean front a public group which decided to act in these difficult times why do you think these are the russian military they are crimean i'm crimean myself. stable must know that they are safe and protected and not by the military but by regular citizens like themselves ok i get to these guys are but white there's a whole russian military base there oh yes russia is
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a black sea fleet is space in crimea under the over here and in fact it has been there for centuries under the terms of the lease and russia could actually send thousands of more but it hasn't and it's not achieved deal either costing moscow ninety eight million dollars a year. we just don't bring a price for it but it's you see what's going on in ukraine people are being killed but if you come to civil stoppel you'll find peace and stability that's why we're here to ensure that. there's this false impression of war because of all the military personnel stationed here and of course it's being used to undermine the truth i know what kind of media war is being waged now that russia occupied this territory no it's nothing like that. well we tried really hard to find those russian scientists in crimea or at least heavily armed russian soldiers ots alas we
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failed but what we do know for a fact is that there is definitely strong support for becoming part of russia but also exactly how many people feel that way well that's what the popular vote is for marina call serve artsy. for more analysis on all sides of ukrainian crisis do you have to our website we've got plenty lined up today and is it take dot com. ukraine trash you should come to our land if that's right direction which. crimea is a small republic and russia is a huge country to defend us. the long came to an end when the first moment of cocktail was thrown at our guys who stood there defending the law and order we believed in.
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crimea has never surrendered to anyone and it never will. i. welcome that and i venezuela's foreign minister says the u.s. is directly encourage the violent protests that have already taken twenty. lives in the south american country that followed the words of u.s. secretary of state john kerry who claimed that caracas was waging
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a terror campaign against its own nation and while caucus justifies the actions of its security forces by blaming the us washington in turn claims ben is hispanic escape from its internal problems president nicolas maduro warn protesters to clear a central square in the capital that is to end into their stronghold otherwise they would be forcibly evicted and the analysts gregory will put believes america is fueling the ongoing unrest i don't think there's any chance that the government will be overthrown by these protests or anything like that but certainly the u.s. government is supporting the opposition by both financially and by giving it moral support and encouragement as you know sir just recently u.s. senate is passing a resolution that would freeze assets. going to sort of government officials so this is kind of things that only encourages the opposition i think it contributes
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to a large extent why the protests seven down down here and the same time we know if you go through the list of people who've been killed so far and wounded in these protests. are by and large the people who were wounded and killed by. their own opposition forces and not by. police forces are very very small minority are directly attributable to the police force. in other news this week a series of earthquakes in the u.s. state of ohio brought shell gas extraction or fracking to hold an investigation has been launched into whether the tremors were caused by the controversial technique around a thousand people in another state california have staged a protest against the fracking that has been dubbed as the biggest u.s. action of its kind this came as an echo of previous demonstrations in the u.k. that had also been described as record breaking news had no effect though on the e.u. parliament voted for tougher environmental checks on all and gas exploration but
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excluded shale gas while europe remains divided over the issue among european countries is britain and poland who are pushing most aggressively to develop the industry with spain and remain here following their lead yet other states like germany france and garia have decided to put it on hold green activists sharon wilson explained why people are so against fracking there actually has been quite a bit of research and we do know that there fracking causes a lot of harm fracking enabled drilling has tremendous emissions the methane is bad for our climate we do know that water is getting contaminated and eighty six percent of americans want clean renewable energy resources anyone who watched what's happening in the united states and in australia and canada would know that there are too many problems to go forward with this at this time. last
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sunday is the final day of the sochi twenty fourteen paralympics and this has been a remarkable event that saw team russia excel with a record breaking medal haul let's get to warn his knife marti's lindsey front she joins us live from sochi ahead of the closing ceremony lindsey what else can we look forward to today what they're going to be the highlights. for the games are not over these athletes are still up in the mountain cluster competing for the medals and of course at the opening ceremonies were any indication of what to expect the closing ceremonies of the twenty four thousand touchy winter paralympic games will not disappoint whatsoever the weather is held throughout the organization has been really well done for these games but don't take my word for it let's listen to the athletes and spectators organization was phenomenal everybody was great. ski racer racing was extremely low condition. i don't farley. a lot of being there's an over hundreds of here because it's just
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amazing to believe this. to have such an immersion during the primaries there are the politicians security. all the people are very obvious to be here. so the athletes from all countries very pleased but particularly in the russian team because they've done exceptionally well having. slightly right the home team has a lot to be proud of right now our talking seventy medals twenty four gold twenty four twenty seven gold twenty four silver nineteen bronze so it leaves a very big legacy for the home team and of course the day is not yet over but it's more than just medals here at the paralympic caves that have left their imprint here at saatchi we spoke to the president of the saatchi twenty fourteen organizing
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committee for more on that. all. the proper to all these. people. to come through it will work. for food for the interest and regards the development of the sport. and of course it's not just about the athletes after these paralympic games it's also about the universal access that the games have have brought to russia and that concept that will hopefully carry on let's go back to the medal count seventy medals means that russia is tied for most successful home team hosting the paralympic games and i hate the day is not over so we'll see what happens ok we'll keep an eye on that thank you very much lindsey that means the fronts live. on the final day of the winter paralympics thank you. coming up. with us on the point.
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with economic down in the final. days. and the rest. will be every week.
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according. to. our. own welcome to worlds apart residents of pioneer go to the polls today to choose a breech country they want to be a part of but the final decision on the status of the peninsula will most likely be
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made hundreds of miles away in moscow key of brussels and washington still reach an agreement in what has probably been the most fiery political force majority of the day q well to discuss that i'm now i'm joined by me to champion the director of the carnegie moscow center just a training thank you very much for taking time to talk to us i just referred to the situation to the events in ukraine as a force majeure and in legal istic terms that means you know an unexpected disruptive brand that allows a party to your exit a contract and it seems that through all of these disputes all sides involved in it . broke the rules that they previously held so dearly do you agree with this assessment well i think it's so it can break them continuity i think that this closes the books on the what i would call into a cold war period i think this is the end of the twenty five year period that started with the fall of the berlin wall and now we're we're at the moment so it's
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hugh's very important. it has a normas consequences i don't think anyone planned it. but i believe that the actions of all the various parties collectively contributed to what we're seeing now but at the same time many of these actions have been quite contradictory because we know that russia has long been a defender a very avid founder of sovereignty and territorial integrity the west has long tried to promote and strengthen democratic institutions in this part of the world and it now seems that in ukraine everything has been turned upside down well i think in the end people have revealed one thing that they pursue their own interests the way they see those interests and i think that the west has closed its eyes on a few things the circumstances of the ukrainian revolution the revolutionaries or some of the revolutionaries themselves the nothing the russia closed the zone the
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principles that adhere to in the post cold war period or in the into cold war period if you look at both russian and western media they're full of conspiracy theories that for example in a putin concocted this whole instability to further his in character aspirations and lay hands on crimea that the west third tension syria stablish yet another base in sebastopol and. i wonder if you believe that any of these sides could really plan or even anticipate what has already happened up until this point well i do not want to draw any direct lows but it's an it's an interesting. anyway this year marks the centennial of the first world war the first world war was not planned it was the actions of various leaders monarchs presidents and others that contributed to the chain of events that led to the first world war and i would
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submit to you that this new cold war that's emerging i think is also the product of many actions not planned. the various earth as but collectively they contributed to this new situation of the international system at least in the your atlantic area i take it from your answer that you believe that the rands essentially to go on the life of their own but i want to reach of the sides whether it is russia or the west which one of them handled the situation in a more pretty pragmatic way well frankly i think the last is prague matters and these are the ukraine sometime last year. i think it would have been more pragmatic for russia to let ukraine sign in the association agreement with the european union the consequences go through that he will. have its government removed. have no one helping them really in the west basically and then step forward as to
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say. no this was never done another pragmatic step would be to let the european union modernize ukraine pump money into ukraine make it more civilised make it a safer place to do business and then profit from it well it's going to happen you know your grandson will be getting hurt so you know you yes but it's happening under conditions of a new cold war something like a new cold war between russia and the worst so i think that were important the russians and ukrainians are one people this is not a problematic statement this is a statement of someone who believes in civilizational unity in. values that go beyond. pragmatist well but i think the other side meaning the west also believes in some values that go beyond pragmatism and they certainly you know boundaries of international law because it was not it was not criticism putin was
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describing not defending him either i'm just discussing the rhetoric there if we consider the actions by the west and you know this is the and the charge that roger put in has against their west that you know look at what you have done you had elections just around the corner instead you supported this unconstitutional change of power here in-doors the forces that frankly you would never support in your own country what for that was the question that he had in his conference what for depends what segment you're looking at the west is essentially far more pragmatic than the russians are on the average but. i think that the problem with the west was that up to pretty late in the game european union did not know what it was signing up for this eastern partnership thing was a joke in many ways they just expect things to go smoothly and have it all for the peanuts of the six hundred million euros the united states was
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miles away literally from what was happening in ukraine and those visits by politicians etc to them i done which were played up in russia were actually in mud you just. symbols you do not you do not put your money where your mouth is you just send out a few spears general a in all fairness it wasn't just you know a couple of visits to the central square of care there are also intercepted conversations there are also. new and also talking about a certain sum of money being invested by the united states in propping the quote unquote ukrainian democracy so i think russia has good reasons to believe that the west was interfering a great deal in the ukraine affair. what i would like to ask you about is not about western interference by russia suppose it noninterference because liberia putin you
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know all through the later half of last year was saying that you know it's up to the ukrainian people to decide we are not going to send our ministers there and it looks like. you know his strategy changed almost overnight what do you think was that sea change that sort of pushed him a stride into action well i think that in two thousand and thirteen putin. did two things he was i think everyone was interfering and ukraine i think russia was interfering more passively than the west the west was more active in its interference but that was whole interference in months. what russia did was the first to show the stick to the koreans in the form of sanctions and admonitions what will happen if you sign on the dotted line and then it rolled out this aid package of fifteen billion write a bunch of years exactly now i fully agree with you that russia's position changed
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virtually overnight and we can we know when it when it changed the night from the twenty first to the twenty second of february when the agreement between the young and the opposition with the european tours the witnesses whatever people say that they were very much on the side of the opposition i think that's that's a correct statement. that this agreement was scrapped within hours and then the people who stepped forward basically sent to mr joe the way to the kremlin that ukraine will not only walk away from russia it will be led by a very. russian leadership and this is what putin and this is what i think made him. shift gears in a most dramatic way and basically from being somewhat passive russia became hyperactive within hours and i think that the plan that putin set in motion on the
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twenty second of the brewery was the plan i think must have been prepared for the eventuality of those membership for ukraine i wonder if this type of thinking if this experience. would have fact writing a pretense thinking in the future because the way that some crime and officials describe it to me is that look we try to play by civilized western rules you know rules laid out by the west peaceful transition of power through democracy and we did our best but russia played by the rules of the west and only to see that the west would abandon those rules at the first opportunity isn't it something that could have fact. you know right i'm imprudence policies in the future and you know forster's this already existing distrust towards western policies in this part of the world well i think there is a certain but we are in uncharted waters this is a new bout of. i call it cold war that what i mean by that is that competition will
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far outweigh the cooperation between russia and the worst crossed i don't i don't see any trust at this point between russia and the worst none none at all whatsoever zero i think the russia is seen. in the crimea as unpredictable it's the worst cheating the. game. but it over time the board and it put insist on the table now this came as a surprise to a lot of people certainly came as a prize to me and i'm sure a lot of other people were surprised around the world so thing russia will be treated pretty unpredictable unit on the international scene the west will be seen as an enemy he read it early enemy of russia. well we'll see what happens next now in putting these are in first on the table as you describe it putin may have lived up to the worst image of himself the image that is propagated in western media not
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only actually of himself but also for russia as this aggressive country and i think he tried really hard over the last couple of years to dispel this image he even said after the olympics that one of the reasons we wanted to have the games here in russia so that the world can see russia in a new light as a non-aggressive as a welcoming country and yet here he is you know threatening the use of force and you know living as i said to the worst image of russia do you think you had any other option to achieve russia's strategic objective could he. have done anything last than that to make sure that the west listens to russia's legitimate concerns here well i think it's a question that you should put to president putin. from a very much an outsider's view i would say that of course you after a certain point you do have options but after the president the there were two points of no return. one was when the president sought and received the earth
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already to use force in ukraine that was one thing that dispelled a lot of. myths whatever a lot of hopes about russia so russia was back as people have been accustomed to viewing russia historically. and circle and when basically he sanctioned the. new wording of the questions in the referendum that included. secession from ukraine and the unification with russia those were two points of no return how do you know that he actually sanctioned that because the decision to become president putin is the master of the game nothing this is something that cannot happen. without the president cannot happen at all but if he's a man or a big game i'm sure he has some unpredictable you know cards on his sleeve i mean do you think you know nick that. i think that now he can not. turning back will be
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betraying so many things turning back would be showing that he's afraid of western sanctions telling that would mean he's no longer master of the game mr turner we have to take a very short break now but when we come back pundits on both russia and the west are unanimous and that assertions that crimea rejoining russia's own already a done deal but is it really so while that's coming up in a few moments here on worlds apart. ukraine pressures have come to our lead it's a threat to russia. i mean it's a small republic and russia is a huge country defend us. the long came to
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an end when the first moment of cocktail was thrown at our guy he's still there defending the law and order we believe danny. gregory has never surrendered to anyone and it never will. this comes from the heart you know i've never even seen him in person for me this is the image of a hero the world's first coach but every few people. conic first spaceflights the product of good fortune or destiny. claims to be fail to learn strictly see the grounds they started throwing punches at what was a turning point.
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going to. children on the news. most women use is work martin luther king said i have a dream obama is to have a drone. drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. for the most part they have been very precise sits like. this small body on the ground is a little girl and just next to her is a little boy of eight. we do some of her service. which is a country. the one that i can confirm that we are operating in.
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afghanistan is the only other country i. guess it's still country. welcome back to worlds apart really discussing the referendum in crimea with the director of the carnegie moscow center mr tran and just before we went to break here you seem to suggest that you know moscow's control over crimea is already a fait accompli but i wonder if it's such a bad deal after all you know given what you mentioned the possibility of sanctions he also wrote about the prospect of the second cold war looming over us but if you take a. historic perspective you have on the other side of the scale is russia having control regaining control of the territory that is so central to russia's entire statehood not to mention its security is it such a bad deal after all you know a couple of years of isolation on one side but on the other side having
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a territory that russia how for centuries well i don't think it would be correct just posing the question the way you posed it is a good deal good deal better or a bad deal i think it's a bad deal if you're talking in prague in pragmatic terms but we're no longer talking talking in pragmatic terms and in moscow certainly not in the kremlin i think. the people in charge starting with president putin and thinking in terms of. that reunification of part of the russian people with the rest of the russian people. that it was. a calculation so it's not about a good deal the deal it says the right is the right decision that's how they see them sure you still believe that that is not a very pragmatic approach on their side on the part of the russians i wonder if you
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know our partners in the west as put in describes them have been taken to that effect i would like to quote something that i saw on carnegie center website one of the commentators said that this didn't have to be a zero sum game but somebody really wanted that to be and if we were in a recall the very black and white approach that the european union to come to this issue in the beginning of the crisis you know either you're with us or you're with russia was that a pragmatic path a reasonable path to follow and i think it was a foolish approach from here for the european union. a role that the european union didn't know what was what it was stepping into. when they offered the association agreement and the depraved trade agreement with ukraine without backing it up with tons of money why do you think they did it i mean are we really going to the thought that russian nature well they thought i think that you can you
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can buy security on the cheap you can really do that i think that a country like ukraine has to be addressed. more seriously than it actually was addressed in europe putin could've allowed the europeans to. to face up to their own bluff and step into the unknown and say. no no i think that it's different now ukraine will be supported will have to be supported by the west because. it's a new situation in which ukraine has become a tug of war between russia and the west. all eyes are on your question no one can afford to fail in ukraine to be defeated in your question so we'll see what happens well i heard the same sort of lines being being spoken with regards to
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libya with regards to syria and with regard to many other countries and obviously they're all very far away but it would be i guess a great tragedy for all of us to witness something like that happening in ukraine which i think actually could be possible and here i would like to refer to your own writing because you recently wrote in one of your recent articles that one of the most worrisome by products of the ukrainian revolution is the fact that there are now far more advanced weaponry in the hands of non-state actors in the ukraine than at any other point in its post soviet history and i think that's a direct result of western support of the opposition those far right groups were emboldened by the western support. to seize arms but i wonder why would your of so nonchalant about that. in case of ukraine because ukraine is right on russia's borders but it's also right on european borders and when you have you know
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a bunch of guys running around with weapons it's not only a proliferation issue it is also a major security issue speaking about buying security on the cheap it's you know it could be pretty expensive you know it could be pretty expensive i agree. i think. there are many of people who. guilty for creating the situation that exists today you mention the far right parties the far right parties as we all know were. pretty much supported by the young girl that you'd ministration in the early stages everyone is just another head of the dragons same the same bad guy as as the rest of them but as a result dragon was forced to behave in the now so although. this was an exhilarating point the main point is the agree that it's pretty scary that you have so many weapons and so many hands i think what they're trying to do now is is
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attempting to integrate those. formations that used to be the fighting force of the my done into the national guard trying to get some measure of control over those people but to what extent will be successful we'll see so nothing good is come out of this i mean no one should be jubilant but the biggest security concern right now is that. we may be shot or two away from a conflict with ukrainian military forces well speaking of which just a couple of days ago large and putin called for snap military drills on the border with ukraine are those exercises as far as i understand understand are already over but russia denies having regular army in crimea i think what russian officials don't deny is that they have contacts with paramilitary forces on the ground in
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crimea and i wonder if russia isn't really falling behind here because those forces only appeared there after the events in kiev and if we take stock of what actually happened in kiev as you mentioned armed groups are not only with weapons but also with very extreme far right ideology people who would starve before probably. nothing to achieve their goals and we've all heard about the possibility of them killing peaceful protesters for the sake of you know creating these media opera or so you know i wonder if. it isn't really using old school matters here you know threatening the use of military force when what you're dealing with really is something far more. dangerous and far more difficult to control because if you have these groups who respond to no one i guess you can't really deal with that with traditional military force you know well i think. you know you textbook question.
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have you looked at those soldiers that took control of the airport while i haven't been to you haven't seen the images do they look like self-defense force well actually you know think if this were all the. early years you know you may give no answer i will have to give you an answer served in the military for a long time they look to me like very well disciplined very professional very serious force. no self-defense force no please list put this nonsense to one place what russia did i think was to engage in prevention to. to prevent the things that you were talking about and in order to do that you do not fool around with a self-defense force you do not fool around with the you know ragtag formation of russian speakers that you assemble in a couple of days and give them a couple of rifles and you know send to defend their peninsula no you send
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a very professional force you do that and they do the stuff that you want them to do they take control of the of the government buildings that they control of the air force the airports they block the port of as a basketball they make sure that no one gets into and essentially what you're saying that whoever these forces really are they did the right thing because they know they did things according to plan and that was in my view a contingency plan it was not. in a couple of days' time it's a military contingency that exists for all the great they were going to give it credit i mean given that i'm sure professionally it was done brilliantly but not only professionally also politically and strategically look at what happened in kiev all this course and. so far what we have seen increasingly. you said that putin changed his policy on ukraine dramatically the night of the twenty second of
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february you saw this threat that you're talking about the shore the for. of ukraine being ruled by a very mentally and russian both russian domestically and russian geo politically forces and he decided that this is the this is the time for contingencies and he pressed the button and what happened did happen and then he received the authority to use military force anyway and ukraine to skeer to determine this is sheer deterrence you don't need to actually use military force in order to be able to use a political observer i guess what i'm driving at is that rather than being an act of aggression and unprovoked i'm already looking for aggression list discuss this let's let's let's say that aggression is something that is defined but aggression by the united states security nations security council which means that neither the united states nor russia can ever be branded an aggressor because the country in
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question will never agree to call itself an aggressor so call it something else call it an invasion call it whatever but that was an operation what i'm worried about frankly is that having performed an operation in crimea having performed it well. we still don't have a general strategy we don't have a war plan we have a play every game i sure i mean half of you have. when you're in didn't even expect that what is going to happen there are two months ago and can i am pretty you exactly what i just said i think all sides in this conflict well at this russia and the west would give a lot to sort of rewind the situation back a couple of months and you know take stock of what happened and try not to make some of the mistakes that each one of them made do you think there is any lesson larger geopolitical lesson that could be learned from this extraordinary situation extraordinary because it develops so rapidly and because it has it can potentially
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have such significant geopolitical consequences. see this the second world war happened because of the mistakes that were made at the pet the end of the first war and between the two wars. the second cold war is emerging because of the mistakes that were done at the end of the first cold war and during the into a cold war period right and those mistakes were made by both russia and the west some of the mistakes you would call them mistakes other things were unavoidable consequences of of just the west being the west russia being russia but certainly one of the big things that both sides failed to do was to find a proper way to include russia in the security community within the your atlantic included in such a way that it would feel comfortable with and that system and others would feel
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comfortable about it and like in all international relations there can be no side that's fully fully completely right and no said that's fully and completely wrong but there are always mistakes to be learnt but as they say history never repeats itself but it rather wraps as if it well and mr turner this is only have time for thank you very much for telling part of the show our viewers please keep the conversation going on our twitter you tube and facebook pages and hope to see you get thank placing time here of the.
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hello there the latest developments and a look back at the last seven days you are watching the weekly here on r.t. international people in crimea are waking up to a crucial day that will see their future decided one way or another. i. well polls have now opened throughout the region and people are voting in a referendum they've got two options to choose from the first one crimea remains part of ukraine even so it would gain greater autonomy including separate citizenship and an independent legal system option to it becomes part of russia although that would have to be ratified by president putin artie's paula slayer is in the crimean capital. the situation here in the crimean capital simferopol is
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calm the polling stations are open and people have started arriving to cast their ballots there is a lot of excitement in the air for the past few days there have been cars driving down the major streets blaring the hooter's there have been sporadic concerts organized in the main streets and at the same time you already see the russian flag waving from several governmental buildings he said we get the sense being here that people feel history is in the making at the same time since saturday night there were already queues of crimean surviving at polling stations to check out their names are on the lists and this is because the ukrainian justice ministry has blocked all information regarding crimea is a voting registration there are foreign observers here from some twenty one countries there monitoring the situation making sure that the proceeds commun said he's speaking to some of them they are satisfied with what they've been seeing at the same time we're not expecting any kind of violence certainly the day is calm we are hearing that the policeman maybe results will be as early as tonight an
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overwhelming eighty percent of people are expected to turn out to cast their ballot in this very important referendum i've been talking to people on the streets of some for apple asking them where they feel their regions future lies and why. they are going to missionaries you know they all want to see a very very awful one day out of everybody for you that all those people you know all of ukraine only but most of craniums as well as russians and europeans view them as nazi collaborators on friday night two people were killed and at least four more injured in hardcore eastern ukraine by gunmen from the radical right stick to movement one of the strongest nationalist groups the leader of the right sector is running for president he's also on an international wanted list for inciting terrorism and has demanded that kiev provide his fighters with weapons in response to the situation. in crimea. the interim king of government has six ministers
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including the deputy prime minister from the ultra nationalist far right as for bhutto's party one m.p. from the party has already threatened russia with nuclear weapons if moscow does not cease to support the developments in crimea i. think our government is not legal and sure is a power only by not by a desire of people as a corrupt or is a air power or new buyers themself the forceful grab of power violence seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed coups that's how crimean is see recent events and here they strongly disagree that those protesting in the capital represented the majority of the country's population and refused to recognize the coming to authorities as legitimate. the. first thing the good government did when they came to power was to make
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a law cancelling the russian language obviously it created waves in the south east because that's a mostly russian speaking region it created a lot of anger. ninety seven percent of crimea speak russian and the fact that one of the first actions was to stop the russian language of its official status could not leave people here in different russian has also disappeared from government websites they were also been cases of russian journalists being denied access to the country. that is you were the world when russia gave fifteen billion dollars it didn't put any conditions on ukraine it was for the ukrainians to decide how to use the money when europe gives money it immediately stipulates conditions to resourceful benefits and to open the economy to european products ukrainian products one stand out competition from european products have you open the market like that the partnership deal with the e.u. was seen as catastrophic here from the onset now the west is promising economic aid through the international monetary fund but the assistance comes under the
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strictest of conditions and has already pushed other countries to the brink of collapse in today's referendum voters will be asked only two questions but whichever way the people choose the status of crimea will inevitably be very different from what it is now and there were actually many more reasons for people here to want that change policy r.t. simferopol crimea well a team of international observers are in crimea to oversee the voting some of them told us their opinion about the ballot. i would like to see if there is really a way that for the crimean people to express their will and i think that's only what counts if the people in crimea wants to leave ukraine and join the russian federation then we should respect this there is a goal of people in for me to actually vote about of our own future. of course jeev is not happy about that but still you have to accept and to respect the vote
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of people in crimea i think they could be some provocative good for. coming from leave from. the far right and they will need some movement back you'll have a government of teach us legal government the majority of the people. i'm looking for security to look for stability and therefore i think it will be a free will to take my position the view we get through the european media american and european media is very distorted i must say very very distorted you get no objective information for the time being through the media so we decided to come here. with ratings at stake the media's taken its gloves off over crimea and apparently set aside its ethics whether it be
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mythical tank columns invading ukraine or russian troops storming bases. has been trying to sort out the fact from the fiction. the western media is reverberates in with the notion of a massive russian invasion and crimea this week the self-proclaimed prime minister of ukraine writes the alarm over what he claimed were russian forces and his country carrying russian bolts on the ground through russian tanks except to build in the twenty first century well that's what all screens like this one on c.n.n. have been showing yes those are russian tanks all right that could affect the location though because if they did that would say that it's actually four hundred fifty kilometers east of the ukrainian border and part of russia's military drills but it's what about ukraine well we went there to see if we can find any. well it wasn't easy i have to tell you but yes we had met with did find one german
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journalist mind you oxen ride first census this reports when i traveled to crimea i expected to find what i saw on western t.v. back home images of the russians or machine invading ukraine and the total protest by western politicians claiming an invasion was taking place right in front of our eyes i confess i did see one russian tank with my own eyes but this war machine has been here since the one nine hundred forty s. and didn't move ever since ok so no russian tanks but hold on a second there is talk of russian troops who are these people are they evil russian soldiers who have been flown in to capture crimea or at the very least sway crimean voters. our correspondents want to speak to them and find out who they truly are we are just people who feel it's our duty to protect our native city i'm from civil stores all myself spend my whole life year we maintain public order look out for any provocations and make sure nobody attacks
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journalists and the rest of the people but it's the nerd you felt a little small but i represent the self-defense down company one of ten companies formed on february twenty third insuperable to be my commander and here base the commander of the crimean front that's probably a group which decided to act in these difficult times why do you think these are the russian. yes i'm crazy in myself for those who still must know that they are safe and protected and not by the military but by regular citizens like themselves ok i get through these guys are but white there's a whole russian military base there oh yes russia is a black sea fleet is facing crimea under a deal with here and in fact it has been there for centuries under the terms of the lease and russia could actually send thousands of more but it hasn't and it's not a cheap deal either costing moscow ninety eight million dollars a year. just
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open your purse with what it's all you see what's going on in ukraine people are being killed but if you come to civil stop all you'll find peace and stability that's why we're here to ensure that. there's this false impression of war because of all the military personnel stationed here and of course it's being used to undermine the truth i know what kind of media war is being waged now that russia occupied this territory no it's nothing like that well we tried really hard to find those russian scientists in crimea or at least heavily armed russian soldiers ots alas we failed but what we do know for a fact is that there is definitely strong support for becoming part of russia but are so exactly how many people feel that way or that's what the popular vote is for marina cost of r.t. . well self-determination for crimea
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may be asking too much at least according to the west america and europe's hostility towards the vote is sharply contrasted by their previous enthusiasm for such referendum some of which were held in the middle of war zones and as artie's party boyko reports there is quite a list. you don't have to look back far to see how the us and their western partners have back times encouraged referendums and secessionist splits the referendum on self-determination so. to speak there why would it be recognized by more nations around the world. term in their own future must take place. like when kosovo voted to carve itself out of serbia in two thousand and eight this is what the birth of a nation looks like. thirty year old third year over robert byrd group that in fact the u.s. backed course oppose independence two years before the un judged it was legal and
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in doing so set the precedent. then after a long and bloody conflict ensued on the referendum so half the country break away in two thousand and eleven to create the world's newest country south sudan the realisation of this historic day is a testament to taiwan's efforts of the people of south sudan in the search for peace. the u.s. set up its embassy in the capital of juba that very same day. just last year off the coast of argentina the people of the vocal and islands voted overwhelmingly to remain british here's david cameron consoling the argentinian president i want to raise it specifically with the argentine president and say it's important that everyone pays attention to this referendum so that was the right thing to do. again in britain over three hundred years of union could all end this september scotland's being allowed to vote on whether to leave the union the prime minister says it's up to scots to decide their future.
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yet for all the talk of self-determination crimea's referendum has been denounced as illegal by the g seven group of the world's biggest economies the us a cent fighter jets close to russia deploying them in poland and lithuania it's also preparing sanctions along with the e.u. so when it comes to self-determination or territorial integrity your guess is as good as anybody's in predicting which way international powers will side the biggest clue is whether it fits better own interests. r.t. london. or my colleague bill dodd was able to discuss the train into more with brooks new market british conservative and pay is part of that debate it is illegal it is illegal referendum you cannot have unilaterally areas within countries having its own referenda why then unfortunately all the loonies woodward is central
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government in kiev regarded as legitimate from the west point of view when in fact it broke a peace deal brokered by politicians a knowledge of the concessions made by rich and yet it broke that peace deal and pushed its way into power is that legal and is that a democratic process. and that's a fair question but the question is then is it then for russia to go in and illegally invade another country to resolve that no it's an interim government american and european leaders have reiterated threats of sanctions against moscow if the crimean referendum goes ahead germany's angela merkel talked of massive damage that moscow would suffer only to face rebuke though moments later when left party member good old d.c. took to the podium. with kosovo the opened a pandora's box what's allowed for kosovo you should also allow for others i told you this but you haven't listened to me winning the cold war has eclipsed
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everything for you you forgot about everything else the basques are asking why can't they make their choice whether they want to stay within spain or not catalonians around why can't they decide when they want to belong to spain or not of course people living in crimea are asking the same thing i think that crimea breaking away from ukraine is just the same as kosovo i knew putin would use this argument and he did it. throughout the week in cities across eastern ukraine people have been gathering to protest the killing kiev and back the crimean referendum ryan o'neal reports the needs of the country. with the referendum underway in crimea now it has also appeared that there are parts of the east of the country that on entirely happy with the post-coup government in kiev either in donetsk where i am now thousands rallied yesterday in opposition to the government and marched on the security services headquarters where they demanded a referendum of their own asking for autonomy from ukraine and there's also been
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violence here between croaky have on probation protesters which on thursday night resulted in the stabbing of one starving to death of one person after police failed to keep them apart in kharkov one of the east biggest cities two people killed in a night of clashes right sector radicals opened fire on a group of prover ship protesters on which chased to a right sector building where they threw molotov cocktails and fired shots from automatic rifles at the protesters never petroff six people were carrying on see fascist clock cards demonstrated against the kiev government in the square i didn't lugansk a russian flag was held over the city hall now they've they've banned protests there now until the end of march but with the referendum underway in crimea and these demonstrations in opposition to the post-coup government in kiev taking place it will be interesting to see how this unravels after this weekend. now when it came to direct pressure on russia western nations have been trying to squeeze the kremlin with threats of sanctions but let's have a look at europe's interests in economic ties with moscow russia is the e.u.
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third largest commercial partner with trade with more than three hundred billion euros france has been counting on a billion euro warship sail to moscow and most of europe's cars are sold to russia as the country holds the title of the blocks largest automobile market and the winter might be over but the you still buys almost a third of its gas from moscow london has enjoyed luxury property sells to russians with five hundred million dollars and every year russians spend seventeen million euros in u.k. school fees well even if these markets are closed to two moscow there are still other partners in the east trade with beijing has been looming booming lately going up by more than forty percent in two thousand and ten plus these sides ratified an agreement that would see china buying thirty one million tonnes of russian oil annually geo political analyst patrick henningsen believes any sanctions on russia
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would become a bitter blow for the west. in terms of any sanctions from the e.u. there's no chance whatsoever it's all bark and no bite you know as far as washington goes if there if they do impose sanctions it's huge ramifications here for for progress that's made been made globally in the last century and that's the restart of the start treaty in two thousand and ten that's certainly in jeopardy if washington keeps an aggressive stance on this and you have also the nuclear threat initiative and a lot of joint programs between the west and russia regarding the nuclear arsenal nuclear proliferation so what is washington really serious and they're willing to throw all that away to go so we're going to start the clock back in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine that's what i see happening with this disk talk coming out of washington. and for more analysis on all sides of the ukrainian crisis do you head to our web site we've got plenty lined up for you there at r.t.
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clara central square in the capital has turned into that stronghold otherwise they would be forcibly evicted venezuela analysts gregory will put believes america is feeling the ongoing unrest i don't think there's any chance that the government will be overthrown by these protests or anything like that but certainly the u.s. government is supporting the opposition by both financially and by giving it moral support and encouragement as no sign just recently of the u.s. senate is passing a resolution that would freeze their assets. going to sort of government officials so this is kind of things that only encourages the opposition i think it contributes to a large extent why the protest seven down died down there and the same time we know if you go through the list of people who've been killed so far and wounded in these protests. are by and large the people who were wounded and killed by. their own opposition resources and not by. the police forces are very very small
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minority are directly attributable to the police force. in other news this week a series of earthquakes in the u.s. state of ohio have brought shale gas extraction or fracking to hold an investigation has been launched into whether the tremors were caused by the controversial technique around a thousand people in another state california have staged a protest against the fracking that has been dubbed as the biggest u.s. action of this kind this came as an echo of previous demonstrations in the u.k. that had also been described as record breaking this had no effect on the e.u. parliament voted for tougher environmental checks on oil and gas exploration but excluded shell gas while europe remains divided over the years. among european countries it's britain and poland who are pushing most aggressively to develop the industry with spain and rumania following their lead yet other states like germany
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france and bulgaria have decided to put it on hold green activist sharon wilson explained why people are so against fracking there actually has been quite a bit of research and we do know that there fracking causes a lot of harm fracking enabled drilling has tremendous emissions the methane is bad for our climate we do know that water is getting contaminated and eighty six percent of americans want clean renewable energy resources anyone who watched what's happening in the united states and in australia and canada would know that there are too many problems to go forward with this at this time. sunday's the final day of the sochi twenty fourteen paralympics it has been a remarkable event that saw team russia excel with a record breaking medal haul in artie's lindsey france is in sochi with the updates well the games are not over these athletes are still up in the mountain cluster
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competing for the medals and of course if the opening ceremonies were any indication of what to expect the closing ceremonies of the twenty fourteen toci winter paralympic games will not disappoint whatsoever the weather is held throughout the organization has been really well done for these games but don't take my word for it let's listen to the athletes and spectators the organization was phenomenal everything was great. ski racer racing was extremely low but this time i don't feel relieved. a lot of being there isn't over hundreds of here because it's just amazing to leave this. to have such an emotional. security the older people are very obviously to be here. very well of course being the paralympic games the stories of personal triumph abound here in soccer you but of course the home team seems to be
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most proud of their medal count that's right but it's not just the medal count the legacy that that the home team will leave behind here in saatchi it's also what the games mean we've talked to the president of the saatchi twenty fourteen organizing committee for more on that all this the proper to all these. people they overdo the show of the country and it will work. for food for the interest and regards the development of the sport the home team is tied for the most successful host city of the winter paralympic games and of course the day is not over so we will wait and see if it breaks the record. next an r.t. international why they could be something fishy. about your seafood supper they go way. down.
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sarah palin caused quite a stir at the recent twenty fourteen conservative political action conference and her now famous infamous quote about how to deal with russia is flying all over the internet to both cheers and jeers she said the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke to be fair people are taking this quote a bit out of context she was saying that in terms of her fears that obama is disarming the country's nuclear arsenal and well from what we've seen having a big batch of nukes sure keeps the interventions out of your country but her belief that obama is disarming the us is madness there's absolutely no evidence that obama has even put a dent into the military industrial complex also using the term bad guys and saying there are bad countries with bad people in them who just want to do bad things this is the level of intellectual discourse of a kindergarten class russians just bad her childlike view of the world also applies to violence because she talked about conveying threats to putin so what do these
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threats even mean do you want to war with russia a nuclear war pale and threat is the worst type of chickenhawk garbage and what is even worse is that there are millions of people out there who buy into the simplistic moronic let's nuke the bad guys more war rhetoric but that's just my opinion. the baltic is one of the most polluted seas in the world. and some of the species they catch there have become toxic contaminating the pellets but also the entire food chain. in sweden i have an appointment with jan isaacson
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he's a greenpeace activist. he brings me to a fish up to buy fish caught in the region. you know i'd like some herring and some socks on. but before selling them to us the fishmonger is going to say something rather surprising she's warning us about her own merchandise it's not there in front of me says politics hearing you should be careful people not very much. more than in the most class and it's the same thing with you. and if you're pregnant you shouldn't eat the fish from the baltic at all or. if he gives this warning it is thanks to the work of jan and the swedish government which has started giving public health warnings against eating baltic fish especially fatty fish like salmon or herring. because it contains higher levels so dioxides and its one of the most powerful toxic
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pollutants not that we know today and extremely low levels of sins can have a face on your home a hormone systems that. cause counsellor. to find the source of this pollution we don't have to look very far. so this is a let's try on this morning road. just an hour's drive outside of stockholm to this chemical plant which turns swedish trees into paper. paper mills like this is historically one of the main sources of dioxin pollution so. it's quite natural to find it's in here and high concentrations here. these chemicals then move up the food chain.
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the more fatty the fish the more the pollutants are absorbed into the flesh some such as pesticides. are never eliminated and are called persistent organic pollutants. moving up the food chain they concentrate more and more in the fatty tissues. at the end of the chain a kilo of tuna or salmon is much more toxic than a key to a small fish. consequently some fatty fish from the baltic have become unfit for consumption. so they are harder to find on the consumer's plate. so they find themselves in heavy demand in the market for making dry pellet fish feed. and that's where the toxicity builds up . back to in the dry pellet feed plant. to process the fed fish finials and cooks
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them in these large ovens. at the end of the line he obtains two very different products firstly protein powder and second place fish oil. these two ingredients are used to come up with the finished product and each of them in their own way will contribute to the contamination of the pellets. let's begin with the oil. by concentrating in the fatty parts it accelerates the buildup of the pollutants. this is why farmed fish are more susceptible than wild fish. protein powders in turn another problem even worse. it's at the end of the line that i find it in this large chemical container. the antioxidant ends up in the protein here. it's called
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a fox and. it talks to keep the product. since nielsen uses extensively but apparently he doesn't know anything about. what is it used for what happens if you don't. i don't know what it is i just know i have to put it in. why is this mysterious chemicals used and does it pose a threat to consumers. this is the story of one of the best kept secrets of the food processing industry. at first glance a toxic ian has no place in a food factory. the product was registered in one thousand nine hundred nine by monsanto the giant u.s. chemical company in the category of pesticides. it was used to treat rubber but also fruits and vegetables. its use is strictly regulated and limited.
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what is it doing in fish feed. the answer can be found in switzerland in geneva in this anti-fraud laboratory. two years ago patrick edgar and d.d. or telly were surprised to find a toxic eat in the flesh of farmed fish in extremely high levels. well above the fifty micrograms per kilogram permitted in foodstuffs. that are. now no reference value is fifty so we're looking at this level. you see that in our fish the measurements are ten to twenty times more than just standard because concentrations are between five hundred eight hundred thousand micrograms per kilogram and found. they're extremely higher than the norm so they're a lot higher than the norm we don't see that in wild fish this is logical since
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they're not fed fish meat on the other hand all the fish. coming from the aquaculture industry or contaminated with the king. before them nobody had ever thought to look for a toxic eating fish and for good reason the product is supposed to protect fruits and vegetables but meal manufacturers have found another use for it. i don't know in fact it's put into the fish meal which prevent the fat much at present from becoming rancid all that's ensuring the quality of the fats i got us the problem is that the manufacturers of the dry meal pellets did not notify the health authorities of the change in use. the result that toxic in levels are strictly controlled in fruits and vegetables and even meat but not in fish. is paradoxical that there are standards set for cattle and chickens but no standards for fish even more so than you can find
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a standard set for kangaroos for reptiles but none at all for fish. and patrick edgar made an even stranger discovery. the effects of it talks a keen on human health of actually never been evaluated by the yes as a the european food safety agency. the milk and a lot of things are missing when you take a hard look at the resort concerning long term toxicity and aspects related to cancer no valid studies have been submitted concerning the levels of toxicity in reproduction or fetal development you did look no valid studies have been submitted on neuro toxicity need this is the you know after all if i say could not even establish an exceptional daily intake level because it claims it was not able to calculate it due to insufficient data sets if such a substance is to be introduced to the marketplace it certainly shouldn't have been done using such weak study it is good to see for. only one serious study has been published it comes from
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a norwegian researcher. not that we have found almost nothing except this these this which was written in normal. i decided to track down this researcher. she defended her thesis in bergen in western norway in this state research institute the n. i f e s. however since then she's lost her job there so i found her at home. working with a toxic in victoria bone at first discovered that nobody not even the manufacturer monsanto had any idea of the effects of this chemical on human health. i think in fact you know when asked if it was a safe product say it's false they just assumed that it wouldn't pose a problem but that's not the case now being investigated you know that this that's
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crazy is you're not supposed to put something you know food without investigation oh yes. after several years of work she made six major discoveries concerning this product each one more disturbing than the others. if they go through the i discovered that the foxy queen has the power to cause the blood brain barrier to know about. this barrier has a very important function a lot brain that it exists as a physical means to protect the brain from toxic substances. barrier for the buicks or a substance has no foreign substance to the human body is supposed to be able to pass through it into the brain this is. yes so that's really bad yes. of course and this is this coverage should have been published as
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quickly as possible so that's possible yes. every day or opinion brain contamination but also probable course not janica facts. the problem is that over the last few years victoria bone hasn't been able to publish any of her results in a scientific journal. you know. because i no longer employed at the institute i lost my status as a researcher and suddenly i didn't have the right to publish my scientific research . at the end of her thesis despite her many discoveries victoria bone had indeed left the state research institute. voluntarily. but i was about to discover that the reality was a bit different from the official version. because i because i finally decided that i no longer wanted to deal with this question
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anymore father had this family. you have six for vacation ricky you seem like you walk. do like. if you take that out then they can talk just about this and that. off camera victoria boom confirms that she had been pressured and there were even some attempts to falsify some of her results. in the hope of finding a job and one day publishing her research she chose not to denounce these practices in the media. but others have done so before her because she was not the first to been forced out. in two thousand and six this woman.
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also a researcher at the end i f e s had also measured the presence of hazardous substances in salmon. in a norwegian newspaper she accused her superiors and the ministry of fisheries of pressuring her and falsifying her findings. interview.
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they did with the economic ups and downs in the final months they belong to the old sang night and the rest of the life they meet a single day every week a. serious
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. arts. four years ago research funding for a toxic een was cut by the norwegian ministry official race. and according to kurt this decision may have been made under pressure from the minister of fisheries herself. she is also to author of the food security system that's controlling to feed the fish from diseases and she controlled still food authorities she controls all things that has to do with fish for me in norway and she uses her powar in a bat not so she gives them sort of to take down this fish this this is take it don't for one two two so we can sell the fish so will lose money if we have to sell
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the fish so they sell their fish that's infected and then i'm sick and that's never been before she is a rotten piece of and this story. to verify these accusations i decided to speak with this minister. in brussels in the aisles of a trade show i have an appointment with her for a five minute interview but the time allotted to me will be much shorter. to put a new face he said you're trying to do some research about the substance called it took sixteen but this it will have the money complete you think you'll find some research about the toxic queen. i don't know that i. know that i have three i think and i mean we are here to look at the phoenix issue
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that's like i think the quickly the communications officer puts an end to the interview with me i'm certain. that i am not and my question is not such that i think the book a book where he takes. the minister does not wish to talk about a toxic you or she claims to. you know nothing about it my question. however if we take the time to check her c.v. which is posted on the ministry's website we learn that she worked for four years as a consultant for. the world leader in dry fishmeal just before being hired as a consultant to the ministry of fisheries. since then she has held dozens of jobs in the salmon industry and has even led one of the main lobbies the f.h.l. professional union and according to kurt. there is still some missing information from her impressive c.v. . the management authorities have their own interests
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in fish farming she's only eight percent of a big fish farm and her director is only twenty percent of another fish farm so this is what we call corruption and this is like the italian mafia. the accusation may be outrageous but the facts are there hidden by a simple financial arrangement it was enough for me to examine the records of this company called j m j invest. the minister is the major shareholder. and j m j invest actually possesses more than ten percent of a major norwegian salmon farm of which several other shareholders are members of the minister's family. toxic fish researchers muzzled a minister with a conflict of interest i left norway a little surprised by what i had just learned. but my investigation is not quite
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finished yet. i still have to discover how these fish sometimes make it to our plates without us even knowing it. all it takes is for a manufacturer to decide to discreetly mislabel a product exactly as what happened in the horsemeat scandal. in blown so male the main french fishing port some companies are not happy just selling fish. they also produce a product totally unknown to consumers which are widely used in prepared dishes. this day a shipment of cod from the baltic arrives on one side the phillies are piling up on the other the waste which will not last. the season what do you feel living here is a small college. who sells all works for
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a company specializing in the processing of fish waste field office right up for you so what is the caution that has been moved in this case it's a car or you see that there's still a lot of flesh that can be extracted by pumping for use in processed foods such as riette for example of the like. so it gives added value to what was previously regarded as waste only a few years ago. and today it's become a highly valued resource. because it's. highly valued and most importantly not very expensive these remains which are processed into our prepared meals are bought by loose for less than fifteen cents a kilo. some of them are loaded into these refrigerated containers others go directly into these dump trucks and are transported to this plant where nothing is lost.
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firstly the fish skins are recovered for use in the cosmetic industry. as to the heads and the flesh that remains attached to the bones they are sent to be processed in this workshop. but when we arrived all of the machines had been turned off. even though it's pretty clear that they had recently been in use but just before our visit. boss of the plant ordered the production line to be shut down. so if the workshop for sage's doesn't bother him he's just afraid that consumers would be shocked if they saw what the pulp looks like. we still managed to film what the boss wanted to avoid being shown with a hidden camera in another workshop. in so this pope machine in action crushing the waste and extracting the shapeless mash and not very appetising substance which is called the pulp. once
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washed here's what the finished product looks like this one was made from the remains of a fatty fish truck. full can that be used for for example it's usually used in prepared meals but also in a lot of pet foods in what. it is only for feeding dogs and cats. the advantage of this product is first and foremost it's price the pope sells for around one year or thirty per kilo ten times cheaper than a fish delay so it's really in demand for food manufacturers especially since they're not required to indicate on their products labels that they contain paul. a plant which makes prepared meals in western france. this morning fraud control teams make a surprise inspection. mr emerick head
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of the social protection department hello welcome. him if he came to inspect the stocks of this famous brand food processing company and this cotton potato pie he wants to check its composition. so. so this is the list of ingredients you have for water cod twenty three percent made up exclusively of cod and salt so the professionals job is to determine if there is indeed twenty three percent of the pure product in this musical jury. to determine just how much your product in a manner of speaking when a prepared meal is labeled for example made with cod without adding the words fish delay it is usually made with pulp. but. when you cut off the edges and you take sample pieces from the middle. so michelle emily wants to check that the composition of the pulp block corresponds to what is indicated on the
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label. for. the shell before so here we have a block of fish fish suitable you're just going to compress because it's a frozen product so obviously it's easier to hide other fish species you know despite mixing them in with the cod and it would be if they were presented as phillip's to deploy the soul of goodwill specifically the intensity. after the horsemeat scandal fish is also in the sights of the fraud control department. the samples are sent for d.n.a. analysis to the must say national analysis laboratory led by funded excel to. thank you thank dental find fish is a long and complex process. according to a recent u.s. study one out of three fish labels is misleading and that's the case with our hopes not to go there to specify. the it says there are several things and.
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this shows there's a part of pacific cod where would you and there are three parts of alaska impolitic as we see here on the alaskan pollock comparison sample you can get and also roughly speaking we have pacific cod and alaskan halakhah yes but alaskan pollock has a. mention it as an ingredient you know so that's illegal says if you know no money it's an anomaly to have a professional explain the possible origin of the alaskan pollock in the pulp of this raw material. we shouldn't exclude the possibility of the accidental origin of the fish or simply the fact that alaskan pollock is cheaper than the pacific cod which could be a case of fraud. and you also have another kind of possible fraud which would be passing off the farmed fish as a wild one also wash. pollock in place of cause. in pulp
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species substitutions are much more frequent and pose a problem of traceability. today the entire fish industry may be affected by these health concerns. so much so that some health professionals are completely changing their viewpoints concerning fish. to maurice a is an oncologist today he is hosting an awareness raising workshop on the causes of cancer for these women all of whom are affected by the disease. our goal is not to go after the guilty parties but rather to take measures that will help prevent recurrence. and among the many causes that may lead to cancer fish has become one of his concerns. for the simple advice don't eat much big fish like salmon or tuna you know if not more than once or twice a month if you should eat small fish rich in omega three s. if possible for someone who has breast cancer i would recommend small fish but the
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person. eating fish may affect my health is that what you're saying yes yes before it was good because of its measurable constituents that you know maybe three piece in particular and vitamin d. . you weren't given a sitting full of cod liver oil going into childhood for nothing because it was rich in vitamin d. . it's beneficial to your health that it and anybody but suddenly we find fish that is full of pesticides and mercury and if it's fish from finland we know that there is a lot of radioactivity still twenty years after chernobyl but the fossil so it's fish that shouldn't eat and it's fish that's full of radioactivity mercury and heavy metals p.c.-b.s.d. dioxins etc etc it's just not the same anymore so the message has to be different because unfortunately things have changed. for thirty years the french health authorities had encouraged unlimited fish consumption. this summer they lowered
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their recommendations. no more than two servings of fish per week one way to prevent or anticipate what could be our next food scandal. ukrainian fascists have come to our land it's a threat to russia and its. crimea is a small republic and russia is a huge country and defend us. the law came to an end when the first moment of cocktail was thrown at our guys who stood there defending the law and order we believe de.
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broglie has never surrendered to anyone and it never will. this comes from the heart you know i've never even seen him in person for me this is the image of a. the world's first coast everyone knows his name but few people ever knew the man was yuri gagarin's iconic first spaceflights the product of good fortune or destiny . to me fail to learn strictly he could see the grounds in school they started throwing punches at it that was a turning point. going to. the moon and children continues to. flow so many use it is work of martin luther king
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said i have a dream obama is today to me i have a drawn. drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. for the most part they have been very precise decision strikes against al qaida. and this small body on the ground is a little girl and just next to her is a little boy of eight. we do some operation and also which of the countries. the one that i can confirm that we are operating in. afghanistan is the only other country like. afghanistan still a country. we
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wanted to create a realistic mobile that would represent life that would depicts life as it really is. there's an accident on route six. what can be more wonderful than this the whole thing is a model. for the. right to see. first for you and i think that you're. on a reporter's. instrument. to
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be in the. crimea is day to be heard the region is making history deciding whether to remain part of ukraine or break away and asked to be taken into russia. plus the hunt for the invaders yields little success as our camera crew searched try me for the mythical tank columns. in other news on rest in venezuela escalates with caracas blaming the u.s. for inciting the anti-government protests that are already claimed twenty eight lives. plus by sides of the atlantic see massive anti fracking process amid allegations that gas extraction method is causing earthquakes in the us.
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the latest developments and a look back at the last seven days you're watching the weekly here on r.t. international people in crimea are waking up to a crucial day that will see their future decided one way or another. polls are now open throughout the region and people are voting in a referendum they've got two options to choose from one option crimea remains part of ukraine even so it would gain greater autonomy including separate citizenship and an independent legal system option to it becomes part of russia although that would have to be ratified by president putin artie's paula slayer is in the crimean capital. situation here in the crimean capital simferopol is calm the polling
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stations are open and people have started arriving to cost their ballots there is a lot of excitement in the air for the past few days there have been cars driving down the major streets blaring the hooter's there have been sporadic concerts organized in the main streets and at the same time you already see the russian flag waving from several governmental buildings you certainly get the same as being here that people feel history is in the making at the same time since saturday night there were already queues of crimea's arriving at polling stations to check that they mains are on the lists and this is because the ukrainian justice ministry has blocked all information regarding crimea's voting registration there are foreign observers here from some twenty one countries there monitoring the situation making sure that the proceeds calmly and said he's speaking to some of them they are satisfied with what they've been seeing at the same time we're not expecting any kind of violence certainly the day is calm we are hearing that the policeman maybe results will be as early as tonight an overwhelming eighty percent of people are
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expected to turn out to cast their ballot in this very important referendum i've been talking to people on the streets of some for apple asking them where they feel their regions future lies and why. missionaries you know they all want to speak they very often one day out they feel that all those people here all of ukraine only but most of craniums as well as russians and europeans view them as nazi collaborators on friday night two people were killed and at least four more injured in eastern ukraine by gunmen from the radical right stick to movement one of the strongest nationalist groups the leader of the right sector is running for president he's also on an international wanted list for inciting terrorism and has demanded that kiev provide his fighters with weapons in response to the situation. in crimea. the interim king of government has six ministers including the deputy prime minister from the ultra nationalist far
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right as for bhutto's party one m.p. from the party has already threatened russia with nuclear weapons if moscow does not cease to support the developments in crimea. i. think our government is not legal and sure is a power only by not by desire of people as a cup jersey or power of or only buyers i'm self the forceful grab of power violent seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed coups that's how communist see recent events and here they strongly disagree that those protesting in the capital represented the majority of the country's population and refused to recognize the coming to authorities as legitimate. versus then the good government did when they came to power was to make a law cancelling the russian language obviously it created waves in the south east
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because that's a mostly russian speaking region it created a lot of anger ninety seven percent of crimea speak russian and the fact that one of the first actions was to strip the russian language of its official status could not leave people here in different russian has also disappeared from government websites there were also been cases of russian journalists being denied access to the country. that is you were the world when russia gave fifteen billion dollars it didn't put any conditions on ukraine it was for the ukrainians to decide how to use the money when europe gives money it immediately stipulates conditions to resourceful benefits and to open the economy to european products ukrainian products one standout to competition from european products of europe in the market like the partnership deal with the e.u. was seen as catastrophic here from the onset now the west is promising economic aid through the international monetary fund but the assistance comes under the
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strictest of conditions and has already pushed other countries to the brink of collapse in today's referendum voters will be asked only two questions but whichever way the people choose the status of crimea will inevitably be very different from what it is now and there were actually many more reasons for people here to want their change policy r.t. some for apple crimea but a team of international observers are in crimea at the moment to oversee the referendum and some of us are some of them rather told us what they thought about the bat. i would like to see if there is really a way to put a creamy in people to express their will and i think that's only what counts if the people in crimea wants to leave ukraine and join the russian federation then we should respect this there is a goal of people. to actually vote about of our own future. of course jeev is not happy about that but still you have to accept and to respect the vote
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of people in crimea i think they could be some provoke a diva. coming from the from. the far right. movement. the majority of the people. looking for security for stability for. the free will to take this is the view we get through the european media the american and european medias is a very distorted i must say very very distorted you get no objective information for the time being through the media so we decided to come here. well some western politicians have been very critical of russia's policies in ukraine my colleague bill dodd discussed the turmoil in the country with brooks new
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market british conservative and pay his part of that the fact it isn't illegal it is near legal referendum you cannot have unilaterally areas within countries having its own referenda why then surely other lebanese would why its central government in kiev regarded as legitimate from the west point of view when in fact it broke a peace deal brokered by politicians. knowledge of the concessions by may by which and yet it broke that peace deal and pushed his way into power is that legal and is that a democratic process. and that's a fair question but the question is then is it then for russia to go in and illegally invade another country to resolve that there's been plenty of t.v. footage which we've all seen of russian soldiers out of their bases pointing guns at ukrainian soldiers but it seems the media has been carried away with military movements in crimea whether it be mythical tank columns invading ukraine or russian
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troops storming bases artie's marina cosette of a has been trying to sort out the fact from fiction. the western media is reverberates in with the notion of a massive russian invasion in crimea this week the self-proclaimed prime minister of ukraine writes the alarm over what he claimed were russian forces and his country carrying russian bolts on the ground through russian tanks except to the in the twenty first century well that's what all screens like this one on c.n.n. have been showing yes those are russian tanks so right there could affect the location no because if they did that would see that it's actually four hundred fifty kilometers east of the ukrainian border and part of russia's military drills but it's what about ukraine well we went there to see if we can find any. well it wasn't easy i have to tell you but yes we had met with did find one german journalist mind you oxidize first census this reports when i traveled to crimea i
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expected to find what i saw on western t.v. back home images of the russians or machine invading ukraine and it holds a protest by western politicians claiming an invasion was taking place right in front of our eyes i confess i did see one russian tank with my own eyes but this war machine has been here since the one nine hundred forty s. and didn't move ever since ok so no russian tanks but hold on a second there is talk of russian troops who are these people are they evil russian soldiers who have been flown in to capture crimea or at the very least sway crimean voters. our correspondents want to speak to them and find out who they truly are we are just people who feel it's our duty to protect our native city i'm from severe storms will myself spend my whole life year we maintain public order look out for any provocations and make sure nobody attacks journalists and the rest of the people but it's no no just felt
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a little small but i represent the self-defense town company one of ten companies formed on february the twenty. thirty insuperable be my commander and here base the commander of the crimean front that's public group which decided to act in these difficult times why do you think these are the russian military crimea's and crimean myself. stable must know that they are safe and protected and not by the military but by regular citizens like themselves ok i get through these guys are but white there's a whole russian military base there well yes russia is a black sea fleet is facing crimea under the over here and in fact it has been there for centuries under the terms of the lease and russia could actually send thousands of more but it hasn't and it's not a cheap deal either costing moscow ninety eight million dollars a year. we are still
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putting a price for it but it's you see what's going on in ukraine people are being killed but if you come to civil stoppel you'll find peace and stability that's why we're here to ensure that there's this false impression of war because of all the military personnel stationed here and of course it's being used to undermine the truth i know what kind of media war is being waged now that russia occupied this territory no it's nothing like that well we tried really hard to find those russian scientists in crimea or at least heavily armed russian soldiers ots alas we failed but what we do know for a fact is that there is definitely strong support for becoming part of russia but are so exactly how many people feel that way or that's what the popular vote is for marina cost of artsy or endorse and political blogger at a.n.c. report dot com says america's media is often in chain with the needs of the defense industry. p.
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look at your three letter networks telling from the american press and this is the leadership in the press and there were words we're getting mostly in american news and sometimes of british news as well but all of these parent companies from these media conglomerates alternately have overlapping board of director it's with the pentagon and for their largest aerospace companies which get over ninety percent of their wealth from contracts from the government so it really is a state owned press and that's why you see all this uniformity and largest nonsense in the press. well throughout the week in cities across eastern ukraine people have been gathering to protest the case in kiev and the crimean referendum wynonie reports from the east of the country. with the referendum underway in crimea now it is also appeared there are parts of the east of the country that on inside the happy with the post-coup government in kiev either in donetsk where i am now thousands rallied yesterday in opposition to the
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government and marched on the security services headquarters where they demanded a referendum of their own asking for autonomy from ukraine and there's also been violence here between pro-create have on probation protesters which on thursday night resulted in the stabbing of one something to death of one person after police failed to keep them apart in kharkov one of the east biggest cities two people killed in a night of clashes right sector radicals opened fire on a group of prover should protesters on which chased to a right sector a building where they threw molotov cocktails and fired shots from automatic rifles at the protesters and never petroff six people carrying on see fascist clock odds demonstrated against the kiev government in the square i mean lugansk a russian flag was held over the city hall now they've they've banned protests there now until the end of march but with the referendum underway in crimea and these demonstrations in opposition to the post-coup government in kiev taking place it will be interesting to see how this unravels after this weekend. well for
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decades the west has tied itself as a champion of those who want to say in the future. the referendum on self-determination so determination must take place. but apparently not when it comes to crimea western leaders you turn on a decade of backing referendums with geopolitics seemingly trumping the rights of self-determination we've got this after the break. join me. in that impartial and financial reporting commentary interview and much much. only on bombast and.
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on your. face time. pleasure to have you with us here today. hello welcome back my self-determination for crimea may be asking too much at least according to the west america and europe's hostility towards the voters sharply
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contrast by their previous enthusiasm for such referendum some of which were held in the middle of war zones and as artie's party boyko now reports there's quite a list you don't have to look back far to see how the us and their western partners have backed times encouraged referendums and secessionist split the referendum on self-determination self-determination right to speak their language be recognized by more nations around the world shape their daily lives to him and their own future must take place. like when costs are very voted to carve itself out of serbia in two thousand and eight this is what the birth of a nation looks like. third here in europe heard here over government heard proof that in fact the u.s. backed course of those independence two years before the un judged it was legal and in doing so set the precedent. then after a long and bloody conflict in sudan
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a referendum so half the country break away in two thousand and eleven to create the world's newest country south sudan they realize ation of this historic day is a testament to taiwan's efforts of the people of south sudan in the search for peace. the u.s. set up its embassy in the capital of juba that very same day. just last year off the coast of argentina the people of the vocal and islands voted overwhelmingly to remain british here's david cameron consoling the argentinian president i would arrange it specifically with the argentine president and say it's important that everyone pays attention to this referendum so that was the right thing to do. again in britain over three hundred years of union could all end this september scotland's being allowed to vote on whether to leave the union the prime minister says it's up to scots to decide their future. yet for all the talk of self-determination crimea's referendum has been denounced
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as illegal by the g seven group of the world's biggest economies the us a cent fighter jets close to russia deploying them in poland in lithuania it's also preparing sanctions along with the e.u. so when it comes to self-determination or territorial integrity your guess is as good as anybody's in predicting which way international powers will side the biggest clue is whether it fits that own interests polly boyko r.t. in london now when it came to direct pressure on russia western nations have been trying to squeeze the kremlin with threats of sanctions but let's have a look at europe's interests in economic ties with moscow where russia is the use third largest commercial partner with trade worth more than three hundred billion euros france has been counting on a billion euro warship sail to moscow most of europe's cars are sold to russia as the country holds the title of the blocks largest automobile market and the winter
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might be over but the you still buys almost a third of its gas from moscow london meanwhile has enjoyed luxury property sales to russians worth five hundred million dollars plus every year russians. and seventeen million euros in u.k. school fees well even if these markets are close to moscow there are still other partners in the east trade with by using has been booming like the going up by more than forty percent in twenty ten plus sides ratified an agreement that will see china buying thirty one million tonnes of russian oil annually geo political analyst patrick henningsen believes any sanctions on russia will become a bitter blow for the west in terms of any sanctions from the e.u. there's no chance whatsoever it's all bark and no bite you know as far as washington goes if there if they do impose sanctions or huge ramifications here for for progress that's made been made globally in the last century and that's the
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restart of the start treaty in two thousand and ten that's certainly in jeopardy if washington keeps in aggressive stance on this and you have also the nuclear threat initiative a lot of joint programs between the west and russia regarding the nuclear arsenal nuclear proliferation so what is washington really serious and they're willing to throw all that away to go so we're going to start the clock back in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine that's what i see happening with the disk talk coming out of washington. the question now is can the west afford it i mean sanctions that is the thing the venture capital with katie pilbeam coming your way in the back ten minutes time. but as well as foreign minister says the u.s. is directly encourage the violent protests that have already taken twenty eight lives in the south american country that followed the words of u.s. secretary of state john kerry who claimed that caracas was waging
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a terror campaign against its own nation and while caracas justifies the actions of its security forces by blaming the u.s. washington in turn claims venezuela has found a scapegoat for its internal problems president nicolas maduro warn protesters to clear a central square in the capital that's turned into their stronghold otherwise they would be forcibly evicted and his way that analysts gregory will believes america is fueling the ongoing unrest i don't think there's any chance that the government will be overthrown by these protests or anything like that but certainly the u.s. government is supporting the opposition by both financially and by giving it moral support and encouragement. just recently the u.s. senate is passing a resolution that would trees as a social. programs for government officials so this is kind of things that only encourages the opposition i think it contributes to
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a large extent why the protests seven down down here and the same time we know if you go through the list of people who've been killed so far and wounded in these protests. are by and large people who were wounded and and killed by. their own opposition forces american. police forces are very very small minority are directly attributable to the police force. in other news this week a series of earthquakes in the u.s. state of ohio have brought shoal gas extraction or fracking to a halt an investigation has been launched into whether the tremors were caused by the controversial technique around a thousand people in another state california have staged a protest against the fracking that has been dubbed as the biggest u.s. action of this kind this came as an echo of previous demonstrations in the u.k. that had also been described as record breaking this had no effect on the e.u. parliament voted for tougher environmental checks on oil and gas exploration but
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excluded shoal gas well you're remains divided over the your shoe among european countries it's britain and poland who are pushing most aggressively to develop the industry with spain remain here following their lead yet other states like a germany france and bold garia have decided to put it on hold green activist sharon wilson explained why people are so against fracking there actually has been quite a bit of research and we do know that their fracking causes a lot of harm fracking enabled drilling has tremendous emissions the methane is bad for our climate we do know that water is getting contaminated and eighty six percent of americans why it's clean renewable energy resources anyone who watched what's happening in the united states and in australia and canada would know that there are too many problems to go forward with this at this time.
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now sunday is the final day of the sort she twenty forty paralympics it's been a remarkable event that saw team rush to excel with a record breaking medal haul artie's in the frances in sochi with the updates. well the games are not over these athletes are still up in the mountain cluster competing for the medals and of course if the opening ceremonies were any indication of what to expect the closing ceremonies of the twenty fourteen toci winter paralympic games will not disappoint whatsoever the weather is held throughout the organization has been really well done for these games but don't take my word for it let's listen to the athletes and spectators the organization was phenomenal everything was great. by ski racer and the racing was extremely low for this guy and i don't really. a lot of the there's an over hundreds of here because it's just amazing to leave this. to have
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such an emotion. there that the energy should be all the people all very obviously to be here. very well of course being the paralympic games the stories of personal triumph abound here in soccer you but of course the home team seems to be most proud of their medal count that's right but it's not just the medal count the legacy that that the home team will leave behind here in saatchi it's also what the games mean we've talked to the president of the saatchi twenty fourteen organizing committee for more on that all these the proper to all these. people they ever did they had to show over the country and it will work. for food for the interest and regards the development of the sport the home team is tied for the most successful host city of the winter paralympic games and of course the day is not over so we will wait and see if it breaks the record. coming up
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a manned and deadly the u.k. is flying campaign threatens to africa and the middle east and sparks phase of more civilian deaths and a saudi diplomat execution at home for being gay but his u.s. asylum application seems to be getting nowhere with the government accused of trying to please its gulled friends we've got the story just ahead. please. please please.
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hello that welcome to venture capital today the referendum on crimea joining russia will take place we discuss the economics of the region on the financial impacts of
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both potential outcomes on ukraine and russia plus lomb allies the latest gas disputes ukraine the use of rough some money for gas bills and we question that your role in the resurfacing gas war between kiev and moscow also in the house of best stuff to mugabe is for his second week of a job last week he's on the way and as a consequence invested ten thousand u.s. dollars in their fault but due to the fallout from ukraine says of russia's flagship hops a kid but not is the eyes i'm interested to see what he's got to say a little later on in the the side. first of all this focus our attention is on crimea because today the people of the region will decide if they want to be considered ukrainian all russian in a referendum so does it take a look back in history and see why the ownership of crime a is being questioned at all so crimea was conquered by russia back in the eighteenth century by catherine the great i was part of russia until nineteen fifty
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four when soviet leader nikita khrushchev gave the pendency out to ukraine as kind of a gesture but at the time it was all part of the soviet republic and away until the end of the soviet union that is in one thousand nine hundred ninety one and then crimea became independent with ukraine but the sea surrounding the region is home to russia's black sea fleet the population is russian speaking but history politics aside what does the result of this referendum mean for the economies of both ukraine russia eve kiev was to part with crimea or indeed. now the crimean peninsula is home to vost oil and gas fields deals with oil giant exxon mobil show were believed to be in the early stages with the ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych investments that could happen absolutely crucial to ukraine's economy obviously in enduring recession so ok for more details and we
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want took about the financial implications now on the crimea results are now joined by mark sloboda a professor of international relations at moscow state university if crimea does join russia there what are the financial implications for russia and ukraine. the financial implications for russia of course will deal not only with what happens in the crimea which i think to some extent is already you see the complete but they will also depend on what happens in the south and the. east of the ukraine and how long this regime in kiev lasts before it implodes but if we take the crimea in isolation. the financial implications first of all the crimean is main industry what is best known for toryism and this goes back to the days even of the russian empire when the crimea was
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a big destination for the aristocracy the royal family all the way through the soviet period up until today but the crimea today is much more than just the tour of the tourism industry there is an extremely valuable state owned. energy and gas business no more nafta gas which produces almost the entirety of ukraine's domestically produced gas the ukraine is almost entirely dependent for energy on russia but what it does produce comes from or came from the crimea how much money are we talking about here then i think we will definitely see ukraine lose large revenues in the process at a time when it can't even count on revenues from the east and south of the country
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which are very close to a state of political rebellion and those are the the east in the south aside from the crimea are the sources of the ukraine's biggest by far industry as well as exports so the economy of ukraine at least the bush regime controlled parts of it are looking disastrous catastrophic they are bankrupt they are heavily in debt. any aid that they may get in the. future from the west is extremely conditional on. i.m.f. conditionality neoliberal shock therapy that will have disastrous social economic effects for the population that employment reduction and pensions education costs i think we're looking at. i would say a completely viable regime in kiev in the medium term our talk about the costs of
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taking on crimea i'm talking about paying pensions. examples like that it's not booming economy is it crimea no it's not the economy has a lot of potential both for tourism and for energy but as i've said earlier it has been left rather undeveloped so russia has already given indications that pension levels and other social benefits in crimea will be raised up to russian levels which are higher than they are in ukraine that's before the cut that the rest of ukraine may soon be facing so obviously in the short term this will be a big draw on the russian budget at a time when it is probably also going to be affected by western sanctions. but i think for russia there are considerations more than just the immediate business in
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the short term that take priority in this case politics all right there mark will leave it there thank you very much indeed for your time today thank you for having me to the city another issue is gas because ukraine is still the main transit route for european gas and ukraine also relies on russia for sixty percent of its gas needs now due to the political chaos on an empty treasury has not been paying its gas bills to russia the russian supplier gas problem is but the gas from c.e.o. said moscow will not be cussing the supply this cannot go on he voiced his concerns about supply to europe and warned of another two thousand i said you asian when ukraine didn't pay up and gas was cut off which did result in shortages for europe now although this cow's been alleviated slightly due to the introduction of passing rates i'm talking about the nordstrom of course but the facts remain ukraine is moscow money ukraine is on the brink of bankruptcy but still needs gas so let's
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talk about this in further detail with chris that we've heard from mike. advisory now chris moscow is not planning to turn the tap soft but alexei miller has made it clear that this can't go on this situation indefinitely so what happens now we know ukraine doesn't have the money it can't pay these bills what next. well i think the gas standing below and the requirement going forward will have to be part of a need to go between the government in kiev and the i.m.f. and the e.u. we know to talks are already taking place between the government in kiev and those organizations that would view to getting at least some emergency financial aid so that the government will be able to continue to pay its debt and pay its obligations more substantial of a bailout talks that we believe will only take place after if you like to a newly elected government is put in place perhaps in the summer in the ocean but
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that gas field to to do two billion dollars over the jew must be part of the emergency bailout kiev is negotiating and i think that's what russia is saying is that they want to be paid they're not cranking up the pressure immediately threatening to cut off today or tomorrow but they want to make sure that gas is part of any emergency aid to kiev gets that they can get paid and i also hear now about the thank since then all potential sanctions if crimea does go towards russia and sanctions are imposed what would that mean for the russian economy that there's already damaged. but it could get a lot worse if the sanctions are cranked up and now we do we have we're looking at is that sanctions usually come in four stages we've had stage one which is very minus descension of these are trade talks and warning that stage one stage two is usually where we crank up to
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a state targeting individuals are some specific sanctions which are not necessarily economically damaging but more of the inconvenience category perhaps suspension of stuff like that that's what i would expect to see it early next week rather than the more serious sanctions of putting some restrictions on russian banks access to capital markets for example are some trade risk. actions because those sanctions also how did you conditions for the e.u. economy because of russia's working position as well as a trade partner and energy supplier so i think those sanctions possibly have a different red line do the assumption there's a red line perhaps it's just ukraine rather don't crimea for those sort of sanctions ok we'll leave it chris we thank you have a so much for your time i appreciate your comments and not one but it changed your image of what russian company is now on the situation in ukraine where it's a nightmare for us in stocks we know that because especially after a flawless says of russian spy ship carrier air well i take them those type the
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company has dropped by media figures of its body just this week this is due to the airline changing its flight routes to comply with the territory of ukraine aviation safety so avoiding ukraine across entirely and to end with travel then traffic in moscow is quite often a nightmare due to high demand paid new heavy ports in there around moscow the company behind the projects paris suez about the hopes to open seventy helicopter bases in the moscow recent. russian make up house decided to reduce the size it also keep this a twice this is due to the declining sales and increased taxes with production in russia down eight point five percent last year calls but expects the russian market to drop by another five percent this year. now someone who is going to be needing
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a big himself is awake i've got to be because it was your first week in the job and you put all of your ten thousand u.s. dollars into ara flops. i spun the wheel and came up there are four which means air fleet in russia russia's largest airlines fortunately this week due to the instability in ukraine they didn't just cancel flights to ukraine but malls. flights over ukraine so as you can see here the stocks just drop drop drop ninety percent ninety percent of my money is gone but i still have faith in the wheel and let's see what i'm going to invest in this week all money down hardcore. and you or i'm sure. you think that i should i was my goodness i'm on the spot i have. a right you know wop i like green food i like to be healthy i've got an awkward sides and i like to look after myself well am i at the moment i'm trying to detox so what
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about dick say dixie ogden how about we go with your dixie one of russia's largest food retail chains they were told to grocery stores all over moscow and russia and europe all people are always going to need to eat so i bet it will be very profitable nice one tim all right well good luck i like your optimism i have been to ted by you a disastrous fund i mean that in the dollar amount of i reckon it's going to get better from here because people wait here in russia there's lots of appetite so that's good stuff all right tim cappy have a great week and enjoy that to me because you deserve it thank you for that sofa today and next week we will be discussing the financial outcome of all of the crimea referendum and i'll say good bye now goodbye.
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hello again welcome back now britain's drones are in operation in afghanistan but when the mission is finished their next destination could be africa and the middle east and phase a high that this expansion could lead to more civilian deaths but is taraf the reports the british public seem largely unaware about what the drones are doing. britain's drone war is looming. the case three three drain fleet recently doubled to ten and there have been indications that their weight could spread beyond the current operations in afghanistan there's a real commitment now to this use of unmanned systems trends well and. the future by the protests by the americans by the military forces around the world oh yes hoarding tin in lincoln and the heart of the english countryside
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a surveillance plane collides treat the sky. you would see any signs of the reaper fleet here they currently on deployment in afghanistan but it's from this base that they're operated un special rapporteur ben emmerson he's reporting to the impacted train strikes was published on cheese day said the britons ministry of defense could be preparing to use its weekly trains in africa and the middle east once they finish the food in ghana start the ministry of defense of being on the base of the p.r. driveways to lower the regular some of what takes place over joint base here in our area affording but there are still more questions than answers once a month some protestors turned out to minding the greater scrutiny of exactly what goes on here but one of the things that's really important is clarity of what they're doing we hope there's going to be more public debate we're going to keep
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pushing it and this is training quire he noted that research into civilian deaths was being hampered by government secrecy and appealed for greater transparency where civilian tests are concerned britain's reapers have clocked take forty six thousand hours flying in afghanistan and by the end of last july a total of four hundred five weapons were discharged but when it comes to civilian casualties chris kohler was said the figure is doing quite add up. for civilian casualties from crime strikes in afghanistan where we now have like four hundred to nine hundred casualties. and if you're wondering why this protest group is so small while those being next to no public debate safe and now by and large the ukase join activities continue to take place out of the sight and far away from the eyes of the british public service r.t.
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reporting from lincoln. internet security fears reach no way campaigners make their voices heard overall that allows the government to tap into computers any time they want us to lead. he could be executed at home has already received death threats and is pinning his hopes on the u.s. giving him shelter but an openly gay saya the diplomat he was seeking asylum has been left in the legal limbo and some believe for political reasons artie's he. expects is saudi arabia being gay could be punished by death public lashings or jail time that's the law four years ago the employees of the saudi consulate in los angel is found out that their colleague ali ahmed the sciri is gay saudi arabia has stripped syria of his diplomatic passport and insisted that he
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could back to his homeland as syria turn to the u.s. government for silence and you would think washington that claims to be vigorously defending gay rights around the globe would at the blink of an eye help gay saudi men to avoid guaranteed persecution but up to this day a serious status has been up in the air and i'm joined by his friend ali thank you so much for coming thank you and having a diplomat himself is not willing to speak publicly at the moment mr siri says that if he goes back to his country he could be killed in broad daylight as he said why do you think is he was stalling with his asylum for the united states is experiencing a. phenomenon where it is willing to violate its own domestic laws to please the saudi monarchy and this is what the obama administration is doing they are ignoring the same principles that they are advocating abroad in their country by denying most of our city the right to asylum and trying to deport them actively forty years
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after he sought asylum. obama administration. has proved that it does mother very capable of good ites more and more then so it cares for the feeling and says diffuse of the solid you want to thank her thank you well on top of being gay this saudi man has also openly criticized his country's quote unquote backwardness as well as the role of what he called militant evolves in saudi society and yet saudi arabia is one of america's best friends in the middle east and it is unlikely next time president obama warmly greets its ruler that they will sit down to discuss the brutal treatment of people like a syrian in saudi arabia in washington i'm going to take a. there's a raw in no way over a law or allowing the authorities to pick the locks of your online life is designed to tackle internet piracy but in reality it means the government can tap into your computer's ip address which is the unique digital signature used to identify you
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every time you log on to the web and that has left previously campaign is livid your piece going off it's got the details. for esther the internet has put her back in touch with her youth but could potentially put her behind bars so. common i had first to listen to music and history books then start reading the news on the net as well and then one day i thought hey i can watch movies to this retirement home worker says over half of its residents now surf the net with old tunes and flicks as their favorite treats i think it's an enormous good thing to do because they remember a lot of things when they listen to things they listen to before when they were younger besides browsing for fun pleasure in years may want to look up online piracy law since many may be breaking them without even knowing it according to norway's witness legislation downloading a single song may get users in trouble since it allows the free monitoring of ip
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address by definition any kind of regime which would. criminalize noncommercial private saira of information by necessity requires a surveillance state because if tell you that if i tell you a joke and then i say you can share it with anyone and then for me to make sure that you're not sharing it with anyone i need to listen in on every conversation norway's pirate party is in opposition to the new rules and to almost any control over the world the freedom of the internet has long become a source of debate in different parts of the globe here in norway the science file sharing the latest piracy was another issue in the spotlight how much control the state have over the private lives. with citizens too much control so they had to stay with the police work. and ask for permission to do more steps are being taken to. kind of sense you know your conversations you
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know whether it's over the net or on the phone you know i think it's just something that's always been and it's just coming to light i think cameras in the streets that's ok because that can help solve crimes like that but they're listening to people's conversations and checking their computers i think that's too much indeed online privacy experts agreed step by step and one new rule at a time norway is moving ever closer to big brother every little change in the law giving wider powers is just viewed very narrowly never looking at the big perspective and thinking about what principles you're touching so over these years with all these small changes in total it's actually quite a different society from ten years ago. last year security services caused outrage among many norwegians by admitting to collecting data on private communications including passing intro on thirty three million phone calls to do work with media
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analysts warn surveillance on this type of scale is merely the beginning of what may lie ahead hugo is going off r.t. norway some world news in brief flash scuffles have broken out in london when a crowd of anti nuclear activists clashed with their rival demonstration in support of atomic power button wielding police were forced to intervene to separate the marches as many as two hundred and a new corrective is attended the rally pointing to the fukushima disaster three years ago as prefer the dangers of atomic energy. teaches ingrates have come out onto the streets of athens in protest at expected layoffs riot police tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas the heavily in debt country has seen dozens of protests save the harshest areas. that left tens of thousands furious. at least fifteen people have been killed in a series of car bomb attacks across baghdad dozens more were injured in the blast most of the casualties occurred in commercial areas targeting restaurants and shops
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rack is ensuring its worst spike in violence in half a decade. we're going to take a quick break on back with more news in. ukrainian fashion as have come to our land it's a threat to russia and its. crimea is a small republican russia it is a huge country and defend us. but the law came to an end when the very small diff cocktail was thrown at our guys who stood there defending the law and order we believe de.
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broglie has never surrendered to anyone and it never will. that this comes from the heart you know i've never even seen him in person for me this is the image of a hero the world's first cosmonaut everyone knows his name but few people ever met was yuri gagarin's iconic first spaceflights the product of good fortune or destiny . was constantly fail to learn strictly he could see the grounds in school they started throwing punches at it what that was a turning point. go to. the not. quite often countries rich in natural
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resources are the poorest africa's a colony it's a colony of the big corporations it's a colony of some it's only. leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations so they have to beg from the world bank's development of social programs goes to pay back debts countries were drowning under the amount of debt that they had and so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same amount of money to pay back their. money really. the wages of debt. right on the scene. of. the first strike. and i think the trick. for.
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crime is day to be heard the region is making history deciding whether to remain part of ukraine or break away and asked to be taken into russia. plus on the invaders use little success as our camera crew crimea for the mythical tank columns. elsewhere rest in venezuela escalates with caracas blaming the u.s. for inciting the anti-government protests that have already claimed twenty eight lives and both sides of the atlantic seen massive anti fracking protests amid allegations that gas extraction method is causing earthquakes in the us.

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