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and all that money really is. the wages of debt. the far right in ukraine shows it's no mood for peace with one of its leaders a presidential candidate threatening to blow up a pipeline supplying russian and natural gas to europe. civilian activists say they have stopped a granny a military convoy heading toward the russian border. while in crimea people cast their votes on whether to remain part of ukraine or break away and ask to be reunited with moscow also in crimea today. i didn't 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 ever since r.t.s. camera crews searched the province for russian troops and tanks and calls that the mainstream media insists are there but finds there are no words to be seen.
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as seven pm in moscow you're watching r t international coming to you live from moscow in marina joshie and our top story this hour the leader of ukraine's older nationalist group right sector dmitry jarosz has threatened to blow up a gas pipeline running from russia to europe through ukrainian territory he says this will happen if russian troops and to ukraine yars is running for president and the group he leads has become a tourist for its violent guerrilla tactics throughout the unrest in the country and its threats against nani craniums living there. oh yeah. which is good what do you people
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think what you like just left or right no one tells us when to bear arms and when not to it was a huge give them to us and you won't take them away one of those clips including the group's promotional video are circulating online the right sector may not be the biggest faction within the former opposition but it was at the forefront of the uprising its members stormed into wards government buildings and attacked on armed police squads they also consistently rejected the concessions offered by the un a college administration when it was trying in vain to call the end rats and now the right sector has become arguably one of the most influential groups in ukraine british m.p. george always says the west and to recognise the dangers posed as. they have the means and capability easily to carry it out so the west must be wondering at least if they have any sense just what kind of a frankenstein monster have the created the ukraine when they encourage done funded
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fifty dollars a head day the people who overthrew the elected government destroyed the constitution set fire to the government buildings killed a policeman but most of all look rather thrilling in western chancery unless they had read the novel frankenstein right to the end because if they had they'd know that the monster dr frankenstein created quickly got out of control that's why it's called a monster and this monstrous right by the right sector is a very grave one for people in europe because at least a third of the european union's gas supply is coming from russia and if the pipelines blown up then we want to have any and then we'll be in a very serious trouble indeed. well the threats to blow up
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a pipeline come on the heels of an attempt to sabotage a gas pumping station in crimea on saturday dozens of people who identify themselves as a graham border security forces tried to damage equipment at a station on the peninsula but crimea self-defense units managed to prevent the attack. and in that enhanced region civilian to fans volunteers say they've managed to stop a large column of ukrainian military vehicles heading east towards the volunteers say the machines were moving towards russia and other reports say the army columns of actually reached the border but that locals are being told it's just a preparation for military drills we managed to speak to one of the activists in donetsk. this is just last night the donbass militias saw an army call them approach and we sort about fifteen to twenty armored vehicles we stopped them in the commanders told us they were on their way to military drills we realized that they were heading towards the russian border we want peace not bloodshed between
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our nation this is so we politely asked them to turn back there were a couple of hours of negotiations but they agreed and left the. it's crunch time for crimea people in the autonomy's province of southern ukraine flocked to the polls for a referendum on their future status. turnout has already exceeded fifty percent and a majority in the region refuse to recognize the post-coup government in kiev and have two outcomes to choose from option one crimea remains part of ukraine but was greater autonomy including separate citizenship and an independent legal system option to the peninsula is reunited with russia of which it was
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a part for centuries but that would of course have to be ratified by president putin r.t. supposedly areas in the regional capital following the developments. as you see behind me not a lot of people right now and this is largely because many people came and actually voted in the first few hours of this morning it's an historic turnout something that two to three times the number of people turning out then did in the last elections in two thousand and twelve so that gives you an indication of the kind of scenes of the quarter ends and this is very much an historic occasion for the people of crimea and they placing a lot of value on it the polls will remain open until eight o'clock this evening we are expecting preliminary results already to be announced overnight with the final results coming in the next day or two talking to officials here and phone service none of them are building in kind of publications at two stations in selves everything is running smoothly and at the same time when i talk to people here in addition to telling me they feel it is an historic occasion many of them say they
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feel that they rejoin russia don't forget that crimea was controversial something like two centuries and it was given to ukraine as a gift prior to the breakup of the soviet union so few people share the opportunity to rejoin russia or is really an opportunity to go back to their historic social and communal lives so when i talk to people on the streets and i asked them how they feel about this referendum just about everyone tells me they will be voting to rejoin russia one of the questions i did pose to people on the streets was how do they feel about this current interim government in kiev and this is what they had to say. very awkward missionaries or you know they don't all want to see their great awful one day our tricare but they feel that all those people might get all of ukraine only but most to create millions as well as russians and europeans view them as nazi collaborators. the
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interim king of 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 as it gets or is a power only not by a desire of people as a corrupt or as air power or only buyers i'm self the forceful grab of power violence seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed coupe that's how crime millions 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 created waves in the south east because that's a mostly russian speaking region it created a lot of anger but. 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 these people here in different russian has also disappeared from government websites they were also being cases of russian journalist being denied access to the country. as 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 reassume benefits and to open the economy or to european products ukrainian products won't stand up to competition from european products have you open the market like that the partnership deal with the e.u. was seen as catastrophic yet from the unsaved now the west is promising economic
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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. some from upul crimea. now the right of crimea has to decide their own future is getting support from some surprising quarters irrelevant will be held in stockholm on monday in solidarity with the people of crimea and now i'm joined live by humanitarian who is one of the people behind it now they were very much for joining us here on t. international so what are you hoping to achieve by this rally well i'm hoping that you you and the american will actually list the list as well because it's not for them to decide what to do in their country for the ukrainian people in ukraine to say well that's kind of politicians can down the crimea referendum so does that reflect how ordinary people are feeling about it in europe. well all it can say is
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that here in europe we do not get the actual news at all all we hear is how american things mostly the action and things we hear completely different stories to what's happening right. so. we know what not so long ago we heard the far right groups are now threatening to blow up a gas pipeline to her moscow financially and earlier as we know the farmer groups played a leading role in the uprising. well what could be the possible reaction from you to this i mean should this send a message of concern to the west do you think. everything's to do what you say it's doing with the pipelines with the needs of the base threatening not only russia but the entire world. you know so we have to take a look at the situation. from the economic perspective and as we know the u.s.
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promised ukraine fifteen billion dollars to save its economy. do you think europeans can actually afford this as i mean it's the ordinary people who'll be bearing the brunt of it all i mean given the fact that europe is now struggling to bailout some of the countries some of the e.u. states that are in a very not so good economic situation. european union has promised lots and greece to cyprus and they cannot even bail them out so they will not say ukraine they will not benefit ukraine any possible way the european union has a lot of laws as well and that pressing the year if you do not apply but those laws like for example environmental friendly electricity or something else they will find you mentally and dollars each year that will seriously ruin ukranian the economic system. for how it is an organizer of pro russian rallies in stockholm
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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us here in r.t. international thank you very much for calling. now more than a hundred international observers are in crimea overseeing the voting and they represent twenty three countries are many of them are members of the european parliament some observers have already given their opinions on the ballot. i would like to see if there is really a way to for the crimean people to express their will and i think that's only what counts if the people in dremiel wants to leave ukraine and join the russian federation then we should respect this i think they could be some provide good steve before coming from the from. the far right in their own moves movements backing the government of turkey concealing god given the
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presence of the people who are presenting the police. let's say lower force money forces it's something normal so if they get any announcement about any kind of thread including death threats for all the journalese. the foreign guests they react to you we get through the european media american and european media there 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. while we're of course be bringing you live updates on the situation in crimea and the referendum our correspondents are stationed in each of the major cities there bringing you the latest in a our on the line via the r t twitter feed our also following developments across eastern ukraine and in the capital kiev as well while this map shows of the cities where our team has people on the ground keeping track of the latest developments in
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repeats the same old joke of course you like. your ex-girlfriend still tends to rejection poetry keep count norris. we post only what really matters at r.t. to your facebook news feed. welcome back this is our team international now for an international audience it can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to crimea especially with western media reports of massive military movements on the peninsula. russian military helicopters and planes are entering ukraine and russian forces have seized crimea is airports the u.s. intelligence community and nato are urgently trying to figure out what the russians may do next. from ominous tank columns involved in the province
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to russian troops storming ukraine bases a constant flow of such reports have been appearing in the media adverse into crimea made it clear that its loyalties did not lie with the unelected government in kiev r.t. is worried acosta breaks down the conflicting data for us the western media is reverberates and 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 in the russian vaults on the ground three 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 all russian tanks are right there could affect the location though 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's well we went there to see if we can find any.
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well it wasn't easy i have to tell you but yes we had met with did find one german journalist mind you also write 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 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 into cap. to 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 superstores and myself spend my whole life here if we
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maintain public order look out for any provocations and make sure nobody attacks journalists and the rest of the people. i represent the self-defense sounds of company one of ten companies formed on the table read the twenty third in simferopol to be my commander and here base the commander of the crimean front that's public group so we decided to act in these difficult times why do you think these are the russian military and their crimean crimean myself. who does not 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 space in crimea under the open 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
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a cheap deal either costing moscow ninety eight million dollars a year. we are still very impressed with what it's you see whats going on in ukraine people are being killed but if you come to sort of stop all you will find peace and stability that's why we're here to make sure 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 always being waged out of 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 arts alas we failed but what we do know for a fact is that there is definitely strong support for becoming parts of russia but are so exactly how many people feel that way well that's what the popular vote is for marina cost of artsy now the parallels between
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a vote in crimea and cost of his independence have been dismissed by the german chancellor but her statement was met with a wave of criticism within the german parliament with left party members lashing out as europe's handling of the issue. with kosovo they opened a pandora's box what's allowed for kosovo you should also allow for others and i told you this if you haven't listened to me it's about winning the cold war has eclipsed everything for you you forgot about everything else the bucs are asking why can't they make their choice whether they want to stay within spain and to learn eons or asking why can't they decide whether they want to belong to spain or not because 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 too but use this argument and he did.
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it's not just crimea where people are unhappy with the new authorities in kiev the east of ukraine is getting increasingly restive people across those provinces have been holding anti-government protests for a couple of weeks now with calls for a crimea style referendum becoming more and more frequent ryan o'neal reports from the city of donetsk. it's referendum day in crimea and i'm here in donetsk where thousands of people have already gathered in the main square to show support for what they're calling crimean is exercising their right to return back to russia now it's worth noting that yesterday saw some of the largest demonstrations here in the us but thousands of people gathered here 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 violence between procure and probation protesters which on thursday night resulted in the stabbing of one starving to death of one person the police felt keep them apart in coc of one of the east biggest cities two people killed in
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a knife clashes right sector radicals opened fire on a group of prover ship protesters and which chased to a right sector a building where the three modes of cocktails and fired shots from automatic rifles of the protesters never petroff seen people carrying anti fascist clock odds demonstrated against the kiev government in the square i didn't lugansk a russian flag was held over the city hall now they've banned protests and now until the end of march so as the people in crimea continue to take to the polls it's uncertain how things will unravel here in donetsk so far people are quite confident in crimea and will vote to join russia and that they will get a referendum here for themselves. as they've asked for all the latest on the rallies in eastern ukraine on the referendum in crimea will be keeping you posted throughout the day here our senior international.
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the environment minister of law yeah has been fired for taking part in a nazi collaborators parade in the capital the event takes place every year with veterans who fought for the germans against the soviets marching through the streets of rio and of saw it happen. well it's a sight that we see every year here and but it doesn't make it any less controversial on the streets of the lot of them count but i'll march to honor the country's world war two wolf and assess divisions part of the armed wing of hitler's nazi party it's a gathering that has always drawn criticism but this year the government has taken a tougher stance the prime minister had called on all cabinet members to stay away and that's resulted in lot because environment minister getting sacked over his plans to participate as the procession made its way through the city a small group of protesters had some of the marchers shouting out slogans like
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shame on you and what is there to be proud of so a very divisive atmosphere another concern here tends to be that this event occasionally draws gatherings of fascistic youth and really these younger participants that are more of a worry for the law enforcement here there had been fears of clashes with emotions of course running very high over such a sensitive issue and just meters away counter protesters also gathered here as they do each here to to hackle the veterans and others who have come to partake in the march to hold their own demonstration against this both sides watched over by a heavy police presence now many lothians consider the waffen s.s. veterans as heroes who have fought for independence against the soviet union while the russians see the march as an attempt to glorify fascism and to whitewash a darker chapter in history and of course the backdrop to all this is the crisis in ukraine which had heightened concerns about russian minorities among moscow's neighbors reporting in riga for r t i'm lucy cough and of. well next on r.t.
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international a documentary on our work goes into your seafood don't miss that. 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 to 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
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belief that obama is disarming the u.s. 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 threats even mean do you want to war with russia a nuclear war pale and red 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.
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or. 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
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food chain. in sweden i have an appointment with jan isaacson he's a greenpeace activist. he brings me to a fish up to buy fish caught in the region. so i'd like some herring and sound like some. 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 very. nice is for securing you should be careful and are very much aware of the more than at the most. 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 she gives this warning it is thanks to the work of jan and the swedish government which has started giving public health for things against eating baltic fish especially
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fatty fish like salmon or herring. fish that's contains higher levels so dioxides and its one of the most powerful toxic pollutants not that we know all today and extremely low levels or else and it's. based on your home a form of systems that's. close counselor. just find the source of this be. lucian 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 historic les one of the main sources of. pollution so. it's quite natural to find it's in here and high concentrations here. these
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chemicals then move up the food chain. the more fatty the fish the more the pollutants are absorbed into the flesh some such as pesticides or b.c.b.s. 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 kilo of 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
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. back to in the dry pellet feed plant. to process the fed fish finials and cooks 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 and it accelerates the buildup of the pollutants. this is why farmed fish are more susceptible than wild fish. protein powders in turn pose another problem even worse. it's at the end of the line that i find it in this large chemical
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container. the antioxidant ends up in the protein powder here. it's called if oxygen. it talks a q a product that fin 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 nine hundred fifty nine by monsanto the giant u.s.
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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. 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 indeed. or telly were surprised to find a toxic teen in the flesh of farmed fish in extremely high levels. well above the fifty micrograms per kilogram permitted in foodstuffs. a reference value is fifty so we're looking at this level. and we'll see that in our fish the measurements are ten to twenty times more than the standard because
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concentrations are between five hundred eight hundred or nearly a thousand micrograms per kilogram have been found. so 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 they're not fed fish we are on the other hand all the fish coming from the aquaculture industry so are contaminated with it. 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 fishmeal which prevent the fat much at present from becoming ran thus ensuring the quality of the fats us the problem is that the manufacturers of the dry meal pellets did not notify the health authorities of the change and use . the result that toxic in levels are strictly controlled in fruits and vegetables
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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 you can find standards set for kangaroos for reptiles but none at all for fish. and patrick enter made an even stranger discovery. the effects of it talks are keen on human health and actually never been evaluated by the us as a european food safety agency. a lot of things are missing were. 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 sure you did look no valid studies have been submitted on neuro toxicity don't eat this is it the you don't after all e.f.-s. a could not even establish an acceptable daily intake level because it claims it was not able to calculate it due to insufficient data sets if such
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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 a norwegian researcher. one not that we have found almost nothing is it except this is this this which was written in norway. 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.
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i think in fact you know when asked if it was a safe product say it's worth 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 crazy if you're not supposed to put something you know food without investigation not 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. i discovered that a fox a queen has the power to cross the blood brain barrier to know about. this barrier has a very important function a lot better that it exists as a physical means to protect the brain from toxic substances. barrier for in the bill ticks or a substance has no foreign substance to the human body is supposed to be able to
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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 quickly as possible so that's possible yes. every day her opinion brain contamination but also probable carcinogenic of 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'm 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
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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 anymore father when this family. you have six vacation ready you seem like you want to. 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
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been forced out. in two thousand and six this woman. 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'd accused her superiors and the ministry of fisheries of pressuring her and falsifying her findings. with economic ups and downs in the final months they belong to the old sang night and the rest of the life they meet
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a single day every week i'll take. her seriously. now i. put it on your arm and wachovia bank holiday face i think your life you know. a pleasure to have you with us here on our team today i roll researcher.
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four years ago research funding for a toxic and was cut by the norwegian ministry official res. and according to kurt or dick of 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 the food to the fish from diseases. she controlled stiff authorities she controls all the things that has to do good for me in no way and she uses her powar in a bad matter so she gives them sort of to take down his fish this decease take a don't for one to two so we can sell the fish so we'll lose money if we have to sell 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
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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 in the face of this if you're trying to do some research about the substance call it took six a day but this it will have the money completes you to fund some research about the toxic we. don't know. that. right. now i mean we're here to look at the phoenix mission. like i'm done with quickly the communications officer puts an end to the interview with me i'm certain. that the that he cannot and my question is not that that's their right to
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vote ok book their takes. the minister does not wish to talk about a toxic team. she claims to know nothing about it's my question. however if we take the time to check her c.v. which is posted on the ministries website we learn that she worked for four years as a consultant for. the world leader in dr fishmeal pellets just before being hired as a consultant to the ministry of fisheries. sin. 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 in fish for me she's only eight percent of a big fish farm and her director is only twenty percent of another fish farm so
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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 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
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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 laser piling up on the other the waste which will not last. the season what are you for living here is it a small college. who sells all works for a company specializing in the processing of fish waste field office that up for you so what is the caution that has been moved in this case it's a cause when you see that there's still
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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 an added value to what was previously regarded as waste only a few years ago. and today it's become a highly valued resource. if you say. 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. 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
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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 to. 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. it's of this pope machine in action crushing the waste and extracting the shapeless mash and not very appetising substance which is called the pulp. once 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 is
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usually used in prepared meals but also in a lot of pet foods in what. it is only for 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 the leg 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 emberg head of the social protection department let's go welcome. him if he
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came to inspect the stocks of this famous brand food processing company and this cotton potato pie he wants to check its composition. 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 filet it is usually made with pulp. but. 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 label on. some of those who show before so here we have a lot of fish fish suitable you're just going to compress because it's
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a frozen product so obviously it's easier to hide other fish species despite mixing them in with the cod and it would be if they were presented as phillip's to deploy a small. cyclical tilsa to. 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 them to 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 to go to spencer said he it says there are several things and. this shows there's a part of pacific cod where would you and there are three parts of alaskan politics
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as we see here on the alaskan pollock comparison sample sketch and also roughly speaking we have pacific cod and alaskan yes but alaskan pollock hasn't. mention it as an ingredient you know so that's illegal says if you know no money it's an anomaly in law to have the professional explain the possible origin of the alaskan pollock in the pulp of this raw material. you 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. in place of cause. in pub 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
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their viewpoints concerning fish. we say 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 person. eating fish may affect my health is that what you're saying yes yes before it was good because of its measurable constituents you know maybe three
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piece in particular and vitamin d. that you weren't given a sitting full of cod liver oil going to childhood for nothing because it was rich in vitamin d. and. it was beneficial to your health that it and enabled 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 of course 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 their recommendations. no more than two servings of fish per week one way to prevent or anticipate what could be our next food scandal.
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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. till all came to an end when the first moment of cocktail was thrown and our guys are still out there defending the law and order we believe that. crimea has never surrendered to anyone and it never will.
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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 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 what was a turning point. going to. the moon and children on the news. close women news is working with martin luther king said i have a dream obama is today to me i have the john.
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drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. for the most part they have been very precise decision strikes against al qaeda. 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 with all the countries. and i can confirm that we are operating them in. afghanistan is the only other country like. afghanistan still a country that. we wanted to create a realistic mobile that would represent life that would depict life as it really is .
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there's an accident on route six. well some people wonderful this whole thing is a model. for the. right to see. first street. and i think the true. on our reporters were very. instrumental. in the mole. on.
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the far right in ukraine issues it's in no mood for peace with one of its leaders a presidential candidate threatening to blow up a pipeline supplying russian natural gas to europe. civilian activists say stopping ukrainian military convoy i mean reports that kiev is sending troops towards the russian border claiming it's just full routine drills. while in crimea people cost their votes on whether to remain part of ukraine or break away and also be reunited with moscow also in crimea. 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 ever since our t.v. camera crews a search of the province for russian troops and tanks columns that the mainstream
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media insists of a but nowhere to be seen. it. was. a very warm welcome to you if you've just joined us here on r.t. international you're watching me to bum would say on this week's the weekly as well as today's top stories. the leader of ukraine's ultra nationalists group right sector dmitri are osha has threatened to blow up a gas pipeline running from russia to europe through ukrainian territory he says this will happen if russian troops into ukraine is a running for president and the group e leads has become notorious for its violent guerrilla tactics throughout the under arrest in the country and as a threat against him and ukrainians living the. which
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allies is the more you put your lies. no one tells us when to bear arms and when not to you was a huge given to us and you won't take them away. these clips including the group's promotional video us circulating online the right sector may not be the biggest the faction within the form opposition but it was at the forefront of the uprising its members are stormed and tortured government buildings and attacked on armed police squats they also consistently rejected the concessions offered by the new convention and ministration when it was trying in vain to calm the empress and now the right sector has become obviously one of the most influential groups in ukraine british m.p. george galloway says the west needs to recognise the dangers it possesses they have the means and capability easily to carry it out so the west must be wondering at
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least if they have any sense just what kind of a frankenstein monster have the created in ukraine when they encouraged and funded fifty dollars a head per day the people who overthrew the elected government destroyed the constitution set fire to the government buildings killed policeman but most of all look rather thrilling in western chancery unless they had read the novel frankenstein right to the end because if they had they'd know that the monster dr frankenstein created quickly got out of control that's why it's called a monster and this monstrous right by the right sector is a very grave one for people in europe because at least a third of the european union's gas supply is coming from russia and if the pipelines are blown up then we won't have any and then we'll be in very serious
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trouble indeed. well the threat to to blow up a pipeline come on the heels of an attempt to sabotage a gas pumping station in crimea on saturday dozens of people who identified themselves as ukrainian border security forces tried to damage equipment at a station on the peninsula crimea as a self-defense unit managed to prevent the attack. and in the region civilian defense of volunteers us say they've managed to stop a lot column of ukrainian military vehicles heading east towards the volunteers as say the machines were moving towards russia other reports say the army columns have actually reached the border of that but that locals are being told it's just a preparation for military drills we managed to speak to one of the activists internee. this is last night the donbass militia
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soren army column approaching we saw about fifteen to twenty armored vehicles we stopped them in the commanders told us they were on their way to military drills we realized that they were heading towards the russian border we want peace not bloodshed between our nations so we politely asked them to turn back there were a couple of hours of negotiations but they agreed and left. for more on the developments in ukraine i'm joined in the studio by marcus flipboard a senior lecturer in international relations and security at moscow state university good to have you with us let's start with the latest the threats we've heard coming from the leaders of the right sector to me now he said threaten to blow up a gas pipeline how syria's a we you know we should take these kind of threats ok i think the threats need to be taken with a degree of seriousness the me is the leader of the right sector which merged. to the public scene in the ukraine in november of this year and it
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is in amalgamation a joining of several nationalist and openly fascist groups and they have formed to a large extent a coup or in the vanguard of the euro my dawn protests and particularly the violent riots that led to the overthrow of the ukrainian government the democratically elected president and so on on several occasions we have seen the right sector. is can be said to have a degree of control over what happens in kiev and that the opposition leaders that have formed this push rod really don't have the ability to control them one of them was during the february twenty first agreement that was broken because they refused. they refused to abide by its terms and attacked government
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buildings the next morning driving president from the city and also in an earlier truce and in fact and one of these occasions the right sector publicly embarrassed. klitschko one of the opposition leaders so if the right sector to some extent has more in. and so over the my dime and controls things on the ground this could be a very very serious threat because well the main opposition leaders would of course recognize that cutting off the gas pipelines would be disastrous because the ukraine to a large extent relies on transit funds through these pipelines for their own economy and of course europe depends on the natural gas coming from russia but if they don't have control over the right sector and its members increasingly in out of frustration begin to act out on their own doing paramilitary and
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terrorist acts on the pipelines and throughout the country i think this is a threat that both europe and russia need to take extremely seriously so let's talk about these reports are we getting that he created military hardware is moving towards the russian border is a cause of concern and what do you think the reaction is going to be from the other side ok so we've seen an escalation of military forces on all sides of this conflict we've seen the self-defense forces in the crimea. create struck barricades close off much of the crimea we've seen russian military forces engaged in exercises and reportedly having a build up on the russian side of the eastern ukrainian border we have nato forces sending in fighter jets increasing their presence in the region u.s.
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warships in drills in the black sea. this latest movement of military hardware through the ukraine towards the russian border can only be seen as a further military escalation that should be disturbing to everyone involved on the referendum it's the sixteenth crimea have been waiting for this say to arrive international observers have said that it's possible. so far you know with no signs of kind of anyone and depression to vent which is in the past we've heard you know others saying that the crimea is not being forced into doing this having said that do you think that western powers now will take this into consideration that it has been an open vote it has been a referendum that the people have ospel and there they are today costing that vote no i don't think so at all unfortunately the western powers operating from a geo political perspective have repeatedly in the fast either supported or denied the right to self-determination as fits their own foreign policy goals and they
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have quite clearly made clear that they consider this referendum in their words illegal and certainly as an obstacle to their clans for bringing ukraine into. the political orbit thank you very much the. senior lecturer in international relations and security at moscow state university right as we've just been discussing it's a pivotal moment for crimea as people in the autonomy is probably following ukraine look to the polls for a referendum on the future status. right
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the turnout has already exceeded fifty percent majority in the region refuse to recognize the preschool government in kiev and have two outcomes to choose from option one crimea remains part of ukraine but with greater autonomy including separate citizenship an independent legal systems option to the peninsula is really a knighthood with russia of which it was a part of centuries ago but that would of course have to be ratified by president putin artie's policy there is in the regions the capital following developments the . as you see behind me not a lot of people right now and this is largely because many people came and actually voted in the first few hours of this morning it's an historic turnout something that two to three times the number of people turning out then did in the last elections in two thousand and twelve so that gives you an indication of the kind of the sense of the portents and this is very much an historic occasion for the people
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of crimea and they placing a lot of value on it the polls will remain open until eight o'clock this evening we are expecting preliminary results already to be announced overnight with the final results coming in the next day or two talking to officials here and phone service none of them are building in kind of publications to stations in selves everything is running smoothly and at the same time when i talk to people here in addition to telling me they feel it is an historic occasion many of them say they feel that they rejoin in russia don't forget that crimea was part of russia something back to st should be easy and it was given to ukraine as a gift prior to the breakup of the soviet union so few people share the opportunity to rejoin russia was really an opportunity to go back to their historic social and communal lives so when i talk to people on the streets and i asked them how they feel about this referendum just about everyone tells me they will be voting to rejoin russia one of the questions i did pose to people on the streets was how do
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they feel about this current interim government in kiev and this is what they had to say. they are going to be sure it will come out with it all going to free their very often one of their own security figured all those people will get all of ukraine army but most of craniums as well as russians and europeans view them as nazi collaborators they say one nation one language one country one church they do not tolerate any diversity. the interim king of 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 not by desire of people as a corrupt or as air power or only buyers i'm self the forceful grab of power violence seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed coups that's how crimean is see recent events in 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 a legitimate. thing the good government did when they came to power was to make a law cancelling the russian language obviously 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 in different russian has also disappeared from government
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websites they were also being cases of russian journalists being denied access to the country. as 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 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 strictest of conditions and has already pushed other countries to the brink of collapse policy r.t. simferopol crimea by more than one hundred international monitors are in crimea overseeing the voting they represent twenty three countries and many of them are members of the european parliament some observers already given the opinions on the
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ballot let's take a look at some of those 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 all what counts if the people in crimea wants to leave ukraine and join the russian federation then we should respect i think they could be some provided leave before coming from the from. the far right in their own lives movement of a government often in france legal government presence of their people deciding the pollies their their their let's say lower first month forces it's on the normal so if they get any announcement about any kind of then read including death threats for for the journalists for the foreign guests they react to you we get through the european media the american and european media is a very distorted i must say very very distorted you get no objective information
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for the time being through the media so we decided to come here. well of course we'll be bringing you live updates on the situation in a crimea and the referendum our correspondents are stationed in each major city they bring you the latest on air and online via the twitter a c n two we're also following developments across eastern ukraine as well as in kiev this map shows you well t. has people on the ground keeping track of events. well . technology innovation all the developments around russia. the future covered.
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dramas that can't be ignored. story others use in the same. places change the world right. so pictures. from around the. globe. don't. thanks the same with us here on our to international the situation in ukraine has
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triggered an angry response from western politicians who have been quick to criticize what they see as russia's involvement my colleague bill dobbs to brooks newman newmark pardon me a british conservative m.p. who is among those that claiming the referendum in crimea is against international law he's part of their of their discussion it isn't illegal it is their legal referendum you cannot have unilaterally areas within countries having its own referenda why then it surely other loonies with why it's central 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 by the way by a covert 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 there's been plenty of t.v.
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footage which we've all seen of russian soldiers out of their bases pointing guns at ukrainian soldiers. for an international audience they can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to crimea as well you know with the western media reports of massive military movements on the peninsula russian military helicopters and planes are entering in ukraine and russian forces have seized crimea's airports the u.s. intelligence community nato are urgently trying to figure out what the russians may do next from ominous tank columns invading the province to russian troops storming ukrainian bases a constant flow of such reports have been appearing in the media ever since crimea made it clear that if their loyalties did not lie with the unelected government in kiev r.t. is going to cost the conflict data for us the western media is reverberates in with the notion of
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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 in russia. on the grounds for aggression acceptable in the twenty first century all that's for all screens like this one on. d.n.a. and have been showing yes those are russian tanks so right there could have checked 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 mine also writes for census this reports when i travel to crimea i expected to find what i saw on western t.v. back home images of the russian foreign machine invading ukraine and it holds of
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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 now 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 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 if the nerdish felt a little small but i represented the self-defense term for company one of ten companies formed on february the twenty third insuperable be my commander and he
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abused the command of the crimean front a public group which decided to act in these difficult times why do you think these are the russian military their crimean i'm crimean myself. people must know that they are safe and protected 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 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 achieved deal either costing moscow ninety eight million dollars a year. just to bring interest with what it's 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
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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 arts 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 koester of r.t. . rather parallels between the vote in crimea and possible independence have been dismissed by the german chancellor but her statement was met with a wave of criticism within the german parliament with left party members lashing out at europe's handling of the issue. so you. can just go with
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kosovo they opened the pandora's box what's allowed for kosovo you should also allow for others i told you this but you haven't listen to me winning the cold war has eclipsed everything for you you forgot about everything else the basques 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 its. job in this business. it's not just crimea where people are unhappy with the new york parties in kiev the east of ukraine is getting increasingly restive people across those provinces have been holding anti-government protests for a couple of weeks now with caldwell crimea style referendum becoming more and more
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frequent ryan o'neal reports from the city of the new. it's referendum day in crimea and i'm here in donetsk where thousands of people have already gathered in the main square to show support for what they're calling crimean is exercising their right to return back to russia now it's worth noting that yesterday saw some of the largest demonstrations here in the nets where thousands of people gathered here 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 violence between croaky have on probation protesters which on thursday night resulted in the stabbing of want 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 ship protesters and which chased to a right sector a building where they threw molotov cocktails and fired shots from automatic rifles at the protesters never better off so people were carrying on see fascist clock.
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straits it against the kiev government in the square and in their guns a russian flag was held over the city hall now the protests are now until the end of march so as the people in crimea continue to take to the polls it's uncertain how things will novel here in the us so far people are quite confident that crimea is will vote to join russia and that they will get a referendum here for themselves. stay with us for all the latest on the rallies in eastern ukraine and the referendum in crimea we'll keep you posted throughout the day. the environment minister of latvia has been fired for taking part in a nazi collaborators parade in the capital the event takes place every year with
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veterans who fought for the germans against the soviets marching through the streets of riga. so it happened well it's a site that we see every year hear and read but it doesn't make it any less controversial on the streets of the lobby and capitol a march to honor the country's world war two waffen s.s. divisions part of the armed wing of hitler's nazi party it's a gathering that has always drawn criticism but this year the government has taken a tougher stance the prime minister had called on all cabinet members to. did in law environment minister getting sacked for his plans to participate as the procession made its way through the city as protesters have had some of the marchers shouting out slogans like shame on you and what is there to be proud of so a very divisive atmosphere another concern here tends to be that this event occasionally draws gatherings of nationalistic youth and really these younger participants that are more of
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a worry for the law enforcement here there have been fears of clashes with emotions of course running very high over such a sensitive issue and just meters away counter protesters also gathered here as they do each year to the veterans and others who have come to partake in the march to hold their own demonstration against this both sides watched over by a heavy police presence now many lothians consider the waffen s.s. veterans as heroes who have fought for independence against the soviet union while the russians see the march is an attempt to glorify fascism and to whitewash a darker chapter in history and of course the backdrop to all this is the crisis in ukraine which had heightened concerns about russian minorities among moscow's neighbors reporting in riga for r t. and that's the moment k.p. will be guiding you through the week the business news and i'll be back after that with more news including how britain's a standing firm on its you military drains abroad despite reports of an i mean
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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 both potential outcomes on ukraine and russia plus the lies the latest gas disputes ukraine i use the rub some money for gas bills and we question your role in the resurfacing gas war between kiev and moscow also in house of best stuff to mugabe is for his second week of a job last week he's on the way and as
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a consequence invested ten thousand u.s. dollars in their fault but due to the fallout from ukraine says the us is a flagship hops a kid know it is interested to see what he's got to say a little later on in the size. 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 four when soviet leader nikita khrushchev gave the pedants the hour 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
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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 giants exxon mobil and 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 want took about the financial implications now on the crimea results are now joined by mark sloboda a professor of international relations states you know of us today if crimea does join russia what are the financial implications for russia and ukraine. the
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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 main industry what is best known for is tourism and this goes back to the days even of the russian empire when the crimea was 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. more nafta gas
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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 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
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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 taking on crimea i'm talking about paying pensions. examples like that it's not booming economy is it crime and 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
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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 and 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 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 this to another issue is gas because you chris. brute figure paying gas and ukraine also relies on russia for sixty percent of its gas needs now due to the
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political chaos on an empty treasury has not been paying its gas bills to russia the russian supplier gas problem is the gas from c.e.o. alexei miller said moscow will not be counting the supply this cannot go on he voiced his concerns about supply to europe and warned of another two thousand and nine situation when ukraine didn't pay up and gas was cut off which did result in shortages for europe now although this is where his cows 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 talk about this in further detail with chris we've heard from advisory now chris mosco is not planning to turn the tap soft but alexei mela 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
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what next. gas standing below and the requirement going forward will have to be part of the need to go between to go when in two years out of the i.m.f. or the e.u. we noted talks are already taking place between the government in kiev and those organizations if you're getting at least some of them urgency financial aid so that the government will be able to continue to pay its debt and pay its obligations more substantial a pillow talks and we believe will only after if you like to newly elected government is put in place in the summer and your son but the gas bill of the two to two billion dollars already do must be hard to see emergency took years it is negotiating and i think that's what rush is. it is that they want to be paid it's ready to come after dinner tomorrow but they want to make sure that gas is part of any emergency aid to kiev gets it if they can get paid and i also hear now about
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the sanctions and or potential sanctions if crimea does go towards russia and sanctions are imposed what would that mean for the russian economy then so there's already damage. but it could get a lot worse if the sanctions are cranked up and we are we're looking at is that sanctions usually come in four stages we've had stage one which is very minus to suspend these trade talks and warning debts to one a stage two is usually where we crank up to a state targeting individuals are some specific sanctions which are not necessarily economically damaging but more of the inconvenience category perhaps suspension of g. 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 cup banks access to capital markets for example or some trade restrictions because those sanctions also
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have implications for the e.u. economy because of russia's important position as but the trade partner in the energy supplier so i think those sanctions possibly have a different red line the assumption is that red line perhaps is east ukraine rather don't cry to me and for those sort of sanctions ok we'll leave it there chris we thank you have a so much for your time i appreciate your comments on that one little change here is a quote from some companies now other situation in ukraine where it's a nightmare for us in stocks we know that especially after a flawless says of russian spy ship carrier aircraft but i take them as type the company has got to find out if it's just this week this is due to the airline tainting its flight routes to comply with the territory of ukraine for aviation safety so avoiding. across the entire way i'm staying with travel then traffic in moscow is quite often a nightmare as a jew to hide among eight new having been in around. the company behind the project
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paris who as it has. been seventy had to call bases in the moscow recent major russian big make up the coffee house decided to reduce the size it may have also keep the say twice this is due to the declining sales and increased taxes which production in russia is down eight point five percent last ten calls but expects the russian market to drop by another five percent this year. now someone who is going to be needing a big himself this is a wake of the go to be because it was your first week in the job and you put all of your ten thousand u.s. dollars into ira flops. he spun the wheel and came up there are full which means air fleet in russian learnt russia's largest airlines and unfortunately this week due to the instability in ukraine they didn't just cancel flights to ukraine but
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more 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 a feast of the wheel and let's see what i'm going to invest in this week all money down hard core. your unsure. if 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 outfit sides and i like to look after myself what am i at the moment i'm trying to detox so what about dick say dixie are there 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 haven't been to ted by disastrous fund i read it in the dollar not that i reckon it's going to get better
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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 today because you deserve it thank you well that's all for today and next week we will be discussing the financial outcome of the crimea referendum i'll say good bye good bye. a. very.
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live they so a small take travel again so that succeeded expectations and even in the gold medal count tell us mall. that's right and fish stadium right behind me the crowds of gathered the first set of fireworks have hit the sky we can hear the music something from here and of course the all important flame is still brightly lit this is the culmination of the festivities here in saatchi and what week and more of festivities it's spent the home team has broken a very important record it was a record set back in one thousand nine hundred four by austria which took home seventy medals will team russia is taking home eighty that's thirty gold twenty eight silver and twenty two bronze and it's also worth mentioning that as of today a team russia skier roman paid to scoff has officially taken home six paralympic gold medals he now holds the title for that everything has gone off very
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well here in saatchi from the weather holding nice and bright to the organizational facilities surrounding all of the competitions and the festivities of course i'll take my word for it let's listen to the athletes and the spectators musician was phenomenal it was great. by ski racer in the race it was extremely long but these are. our lead. and we have a lot of being there's an overabundance of it here because it's just amazing to believe this. to have such an immersion during the primaries there didn't put any additional security and all the people are very are be to be here. and of course this isn't just about taking home the medals this isn't just about
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taking home the medals this is also about a legacy that the paralympics are leaving here in russia and it's that of beating out first tee and ending up on top so stay with us here on r.t. as we bring you all the details from the closing ceremonies happening right behind me lindsey i think you need to take a moment to take just a look behind you there we've been watching as the fireworks go up and it's just looking absolutely great now and again they're teasing us with the flame still going we're going to risk all those stadiums very lovely france there giving us. the latest in terms of the closing ceremony which right now venezuelan authorities say they are preparing to keep protesters from central caracas after six weeks of clashes that have left twenty eight people did of a government is accused washington of for storing the deadly unrest going as far as denouncing the secretary of state john kerry as a murderer. the white house however strongly denies having any role and says when
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this well is simply feed he says to justify the terror campaign against its own citizens a walkouts began in mid february amid discontent over the state of the economy and opposition claims that the being shut out of the political system but venezuela analysts gregory will put told us a full scale coup looks like unlike. i don't think there's any chance that the government will be overthrown by these protests or anything like sarah but certainly the u.s. government is supporting the opposition by both financially and by giving it moral support and encouragement as nonsexist recently you know if the u.s. senate is passing a resolution that would freeze their assets so it's going to have a 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 here in just same time we know if you go through the list of people who have been killed so far and wounded in
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these protests. are by and large the people who were wounded and and killed by. their own opposition resources and not. by the police forces they're very very small minority are directly attributable to the police force what he can get details and background on venezuela's crisis on our t.v. dot com also while you're clicking away bam israel tightens the screws on gaza shutting off fuel supplies to the territories only power plant leaving palestinian households without electricity. fed back paul that's front a band that one of its genetically modified crops had online to find out whether a complete ban of biotech beans is likely to. write the british troops gehring up for this year's withdrawal from afghanistan the
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country's unmanned planes that will continue patrolling the skies all foreign states including africa and the middle east that's our fourth reports the british public is largely unaware of the program. britain's drone war is looming. the u.k.'s armed repeat drane fleet recently doubled to ten and there have been indications that their reach could spread far beyond the current operations in afghanistan bryza real commitment to use of unmanned systems well into the future by the british by the americans and by military forces around the world oh yeah fording tin in lincoln and the heart of the english countryside a surveillance plane collides through the sky. you won't see any signs of the armed reaper fleet here they currently on deployment in afghanistan but it's from this
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base that they're operated un special rapporteur ben emmerson his report into the impact of train strikes was published on cheese day said the persons ministry of defense could be preparing to use its retrains in africa and the middle east once they finish their deployment in afghanistan the minister of defense of being on the base of the p.r. drive we've learned the regular emphasis some of what takes place over drone base here in our 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 is given more public debate we're going to keep pushing it and the since drone inquiry noted the research into civilian deaths was being hampered by government secrecy and appealed for greater transparency where civilian
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tests are concerned britain's reapers have clocked overthe 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 casualty. chris cole of drone was says the figure is doing quite add up. only for civilian casualties from crime strikes in afghanistan where we know there have been somewhere like four hundred to nine hundred so. in pakistan and if you are wondering why this protest group is so small while those being next to no public debate so you are now by and large the u.k.'s joint activities continue to take place out of the site and far away from the eyes of the british public service r.t. reporting from lincoln and in other world news this hour syrian forces have seized complete control of
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a strategic town on the border with lebanon the army is now dismantling bombs left by militants in the city of the approved it has been a rebel stronghold for months the syrian civil war has just passed the three year mark having claimed an estimated one hundred forty thousand lives. more than one hundred people have been killed in a series of attacks on villages in central nigeria the assaults were reportedly carried out by a baseline nick militants police have confirmed the raids to place so tarion flare ups between muslims and christians in the african nation have left hundreds dead in recent years. the pilots of the missing will malaysian airlines plane may have been responsible for its mysteries disappearance with two hundred thirty nine people on board according to investigators that's after it was a confirmed that the boeing triple seven was a deliberately taken off course before it lost contact with like control eight days
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ago number twenty five countries are now searching a vast area from central asia to southern indian ocean but so far no sign of the plane has been found. the latest updates are from the crimea referendum and more in just a few minutes here on r.t. international stay with me i'll be back. ukrainian fashions have come to our land it's a threat to russia its. premier is a small republican russia is a huge country and defend us. to long came to an end when the first moment of cocktail was thrown and our guys in stood there defending the law and order and we believe that.
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the far right in ukraine a sheriff in no mood for peaceful with one of its leaders a presidential candidate threatening to blow up a pipeline supplying russian natural gas to europe. civilian activists say they stopped the ukrainian military convoy i made reports that he is sending troops towards the russian border claiming it's just full routine drills. while in crimea people cast their votes on whether to be made part of ukraine all break away and asked to be reunited with moscow also. 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 ever since parties camera crews are searched the province for russian troops and tanks that the mainstream media in says they find they're nowhere to be
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seen. you're watching r t international live from moscow you with me to say to ongoing story that we've been following. by the leader of ukraine's ultra nationalist group right sector dimitri has threatened to blow up a guest pipeline to europe through ukrainian territory he says this will happen if russian troops and to ukraine is running for president and the group he leads has become notorious for its violent guerrilla tactics throughout the unrest in the country and its threats against nine ukrainians living there.
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there are. others here which annoys you can order your fortune lies. no one tells us went to bear arms and when not to you wasn't given to us and you won't take them away those clips including the group's promotional video i say collating online the right sector may not be easy to get faction within the pharma opposition but it was at the forefront of the uprising its members are stormed and told the government buildings and attacks on police squads they also consistently rejected at the concessions offered by they knew which administration when it was trying in vain to calm the rest and now the right sector has become arguably one of the most influential groups in ukraine british m.p. josh galloway says that the west and need to recognize the dangers it poses. have the means and capability easily to carry it out so the west must be wondering at
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least if they have any sense just what kind of a frankenstein monster have the created the ukraine when they encouraged and funded fifty dollars a head per day the people who overthrew the elected government destroyed the constitution set fire to the government buildings killed a policeman but most of all look rather thrilling in western chancery unless they had read the novel frankenstein right to the end because if they had they'd know that the monster dr frankenstein created quickly got out of control that's why it's called a monster and this monstrous right by the right sector is a very grave one for people in europe because at least a third of the european union gas supply is coming from russia and if the pipelines are blown up then we want to have any and then we'll be in
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a very serious trouble indeed. well the threats to blow up a pipeline come on the heels of an attempt to sabotage a gas pumping station in crimea on saturday dozens of people who identified themselves as ukrainian border security forces tried to damage equipment at a station on the peninsula but crimea is self defense units manage to prevent the attack. and in the dunya school region civilian defense volunteers are say they've managed to stop a large column of ukrainian military vehicles heading east towards ryan o'neal it's a forty. tensions remain high in the region on the border of russia and ukraine as . activists say they've managed to stop a column of military vehicles making its way eastwards now the activists say they've stopped two columns of military vehicles one which was carrying soldiers and infantry combat vehicles and the other one traveling by rail which was carrying
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tanks loaded onto a train. last night the donbass malicious or an army column approaching we saw about fifteen to twenty armored vehicles we stopped them in the commanders told us they were on their way to military drills we realized that they were heading towards the russian border we want peace not bloodshed between our nations so we politely asked them to turn back because there were a couple of hours of negotiations but they agreed and left. there are also reports that ukrainian military vehicles have managed to make their way to the russian border locals in these regions are being told this is just part of a military drill so as the people in crimea are taken to the polls today to vote in a referendum that will decide the future of the region these reports of a military buildup taking place near the border of russia is only adding to possible concerns of provocation with unpredictable consequences that can only add to the extremely tense situation that we already have in the east of this country.
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graham phillips who's a british journalist based in ukraine has come across a formation of ukrainian military vehicles close to the crimean border he managed to talk to the soldiers about what the new government in kiev might have planned for them and shared what he heard with r.t. they're not the ones being pushed into this in fact the soldiers in the ukrainian so i didn't give me any of that desire to war that war mongering same to me that you hear from the private sector members of some of the border they've effectively been pushed into a situation by extremists by terrorist organizations and you have to look at the kiev government and say this is really a government which has certainly not the elements to its cause and you can blame me for not wanting to be a part of a system in a country which really wants to crush its own culture. it's a pivotal moment for crimea for as the people in the autonomy as province of southern ukraine flocked to the polls for a referendum on their future status. turnout
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has already reached a nearly eighty percent according to the local authorities most people in the region refuse to recognize the post-coup government in kiev and have been given two outcomes to choose from option one crimea remains part of ukraine but with greater autonomy including separate citizenship an independent legal system option to the peninsula is reunited with russia which it was a part of four centuries ago but that would mean of course that there would have to get approval from president putin himself artie's policia is in the regional
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capital following the developments. as you see behind me not a lot of people right now and this is largely because many people came and actually voted in the first few hours of this morning it's an historic turnout something that two to three times the number of people turning out then did in the last elections in two thousand and twelve so that gives you an indication of the kind of sense of the portents and this is very much an historic occasion for the people of crimea and they placing a lot of value on it the polls will remain open until eight o'clock this evening we are expecting preliminary results already to be announced overnight with the final results coming in the next day or two talking to officials here and phone service none of them are building a scientific publications two stations in selves everything is running smoothly and at the same time when i talk to people here in addition to telling me they feel it is an historic occasion many of them say they feel that they rejoin in russia don't forget that crimea was part of russia for something back to sanction reason and it
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was given to ukraine as a gift prior to the breakup of the soviet union so few people share the opportunity to rejoin russia or is really an opportunity to go back to their historic social and communal lives so when i talk to people on the streets and i ask them how they feel about this referendum just about everyone tells me they will be voting to rejoin russia one of the questions i did pose to people on the streets was how do they feel about this current interim government in kiev and this is what they had to say. they are going to make sure it will not work with me who all want to free their grave after one day or rather tricky because they figured all those people will get all of ukraine only but most of craniums as well as russians and europeans do them as nazi collaborators they say one nation one language one country one church they do not tolerate any diversity.
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the interim king of 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 a power only not by desire of people as a corrupt or is their power of only buyers them self the forceful grab of power violent seizure of government buildings and nothing short of armed coupe that's how crime millions 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 canceling 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 in different russian has also disappeared from government websites they were also been cases of russian journalist being denied access to the country. but that as 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 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
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through the international monetary fund. this comes under the strictest of conditions and has already pushed other countries to the brink of collapse. simferopol crimea more than one hundred international monitors in crimea overseeing the voting now they represent twenty three countries and many of them are members of the european parliament some observers i have already given their opinions on the bet i would like to see if there is a really 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 i think they could be some probably t.v. before coming from the from. the far right and they were moved movement back to the government of france legal given the presence of the people who are presenting the police. let's say low interest money forces it's something
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normal so if they get any announcement about any kind of then great including death threats for all the journalists for the foreign guests they react you 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. well of course we'll be bringing you live updates on the situation in crimea and the referendum our correspondents are stationed in each major city they bring you the latest on a on line by artie's a twitter feed and we're also following the developments across eastern ukraine and in kiev as well now this map shows you where our t. is coverage is then we have people all around the on the ground keeping track of events.
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unfortunately doesn't give a darn about anything. to teach creation why it should care about humans. this is why you should watch only. science was staying with us here on r t international well it's decision day not only for crimea and us and the rest of the need to region of aging on whether to break away from it in the polls show a majority of locals that think they'll be better off as an independent state let's discuss this with one of the people behind the secession movement a lot of biko team is it is on the italian government doesn't recognizes very well the results of carry any legal weight so is this essentially just an opinion poll.
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especially not an opinion poll the opinion poll was already down and showed that not only three out of four citizen manage to vote but of these two out of three would vote for independence day the big question is the actual turnout because if if the numbers are there if two million of the nations go to vote for me and if there's an absolute majority of people vote yes this will have to be legitimized the delegates will be elected by this referendum to take immediate action i've seen already the draft of a declaration of independence and a scholar is working on that and it's almost done we presented at the end of the month also a draft of a constitution and the business community there are few trade unions just they are just waiting to be legitimized by a popular vote to stop paying taxes to the college of state and to pay it to local
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authorities in venice so in practice people are very determined and they're going to go ahead the big question is a majority will be reached so having said that can you tell us why then you think that benito would be better off as an independent state than what's the popular vote going to be what do you think it's going to be while there are several reasons why mostly economic reasons. ok it looks like we've lost some misstep exactly there we apologize for that we will try and get his opinion and thoughts on that vote later on in the program. and in other news the situation in ukraine has triggered an angry response from western politicians who have been quick to criticize what they see as russia's involvement my colleague bill darden spoke to brooks newmark
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a british conservative m.p. who is among those claiming the referendum in crimea is against international law here's part of the car discussion it isn't illegal it is not a legal referendum you cannot have unilaterally areas within countries having its own referenda why then actually of indonesia 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 a knowledge of the concessions made by a 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 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. for an international audience they can be hard to separate
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fact from fiction when it comes to crimea especially with western media reports of massive military movements on the peninsula russian military helicopters and planes are entering in ukraine and russian forces have seized crimea's airports the u.s. intelligence community and nato are urgently trying to figure out what the russians may do next from ominous tankard columns invading the province to russian troops storming ukrainian bases a constant flow of poles have been appearing in the media ever since crimea made it clear that its loyalty did not lie with the an elected government in kiev i just heard a quarter of a brakes on the conflicting data for us. 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. on the ground the russian except in the twenty first
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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 have checked 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's 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 minor oxer rioter 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 thousand. forty's and didn't move ever since ok so now
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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 sevastopol 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 the nerd i represent the self-defense towns company one of ten companies formed on february twenty third in simferopol 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 crime ians crimean myself. people must know that they are safe and protected and not by the military but by regular citizens
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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 achieved deal either call so moscow ninety eight million dollars and here. we are still there in the press with what it's you see what's going on in ukraine people are being killed but if you come to 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
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hard to find those russian scientists in crimea or at least heavily armed russian soldiers arts 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. the parallels between the vote in crimea and kosovo's independence have been dismissed by the german chancellor but her statement was met with a wave of criticism within the german parliament with left party members lashing out at europe's handling of the issue. with kosovo they opened a pandora's box what's allowed for kosovo you should also allow for others i told you this but you haven't listen 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
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their choice whether they want to stay within spain or not catalonians around 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 . so with us all the latest on the rallies in eastern ukraine and the referendum in crimea we'll keep you posted throughout the day. environment minister of glad via has been fired for taking part in a nazi collaborators parade in the capital they event takes place every yeah with
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veterans who fought for the germans like against the soviets marching through the streets of riga. so it happened. well it's a sight that we see every year here but it doesn't make it any less controversial on the streets of the lot of capital a march to honor the country's world war two wolf and us as divisions part of the armed wing of the party it's a gathering that has always drawn criticism but this year the government has taken a tougher stance the prime minister had called on all cabinet members to stay away and that's resulted in libya's environment minister getting sacked over his plans to participate as the procession made its way through the city a small group of protesters had had some of the marchers shouting out slogans like shame on you and what is there to be proud of so a very divisive atmosphere another concern here tends to be that this event occasionally draws gatherings of nationalistic youth and really these younger participants that are more of a worry for law enforcement here there had been fears of clashes with emotions of
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course running very high over such a sensitive issue and just meters away counter protesters also gathered here as they do each here to to hackle to veterans and others who have come to partake in the march to hold their own demonstration against this both sides watched over by a heavy police presence now many lothians consider the waffen s.s. veterans as you are those who have fought for independence against the soviet union while the russians see the march as an attempt to glorify fascism and to whitewash a darker chapter in history and of course the backdrop to all this is the crisis in ukraine which had heightened concerns about russian minorities among moscow's neighbors reporting and we go for r t. well let's take a look at other world news are making headlines this hour syrian forces have seized complete control of a strategic town on the border with lebanon the army is now dismantling bombs left by militants in the city of the uproot it has been
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a rebel stronghold for months now the syrian civil war has just passed a three year mark having claimed an estimated one hundred forty thousand lives. more than one hundred people have been killed in a series of attacks on villages in central nigeria the assaults were reportedly carried out by the slum make militants police have confirmed the raids did take place so tarion a flare ups between muslims and christians in the african nation have led to hundreds did in recent years. the pilot of a missing malaysian airlines plane may have been responsible with a mysterious disappearance with two hundred thirty nine people on board according to investigators that's after it was confirmed that the boeing triple seven was deliberately taken off course before it lost contact with flight control eight days ago twenty five countries are now searching a vast area over central asia to the southern indian ocean but so far no sign of
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the plane that's been found. cross talk with me to develop is that next up here on i t international i think you and. the evils of inflation and private central banks don't just affect the usa alone recently the russian ruble has gone from around thirty roubles to the dollar to thirty five yikes people in the russian media are now debating whether to go dollars or euros but the thing they forget is that all this paper money one way or another is doomed by inflation so if you have a few thousand dollars or rubles then what should you do with it many people say that gold is the way to go because it has retained value for thousands of years but land has also been in big demand since the dawn of time and paper money inflates into nothing a nice big chunk of the earth's surface is always worth something according to the
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washington post and twenty eleven the u.s. so security system was forty five billion in negative cash flow so maybe it's time to invest in having some children because for most of human history your retirement package was your kids so security might not cut it for my generation and last but not least you can still buy and sell guns from the eight hundred for cash what other things in your house will retain that much value in over one hundred years so maybe if you are one of the mega rich guy splaying currency games you can fight inflation but for the rest of us gold land kids and samuel colt are probably the safest financial options but that's just my opinion.
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hello and welcome to cross talk where all things are considered on peter a little the population of crimea votes to decide its legal right of self-determination how did it come to this is it because of the western backed coup that has brought the fascist to power or nato as we lent which drive east is all of this a sideshow to undermine russia's legitimate security interests. to cross the crimean vote i'm joined by my guest george galloway in london he is a politician a writer a british m.p. and host of the program sputnik on our t.v.
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in washington we have michael hughes he is a journalist and foreign policy analyst who often writes for the huffington post and the examiner and in moscow we crossed to dmitri bobbitt she is a political analyst with the voice of russia right gentlemen cross-talk rules and a fact that means you can jump in anytime you want and i very much in georgia go to you first in london what is the significance of this vote. well i think the point you made in your introduction is the main one how did this all come about it came about because a coup took place in kiev the ukrainian constitution was trashed president driven from the land presidency set on fire a policeman killed in significant numbers fascists on the streets and their first act was to cancel the russian language so not generally crimea which for two centuries has been a part of russia was given away rather capriciously by khrushchev in my lifetime without consulting a single person in crimea and the crimean people ninety seven percent of whom speak
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russian got rather anxious and began to look to protect their own interests and for those who say self-determination referendum is illegal under the ukrainian constitution there is no ukrainian constitution it was destroyed in the coup that the western countries helped to far meant and certainly financed in very significant order and of course in scotland in september the scottish people are voting not the english or the world or the people of the north of ireland just the scottish on whether or not they should leave the united kingdom it's good enough for them it's good enough for the people of crimea ok dimitry what a help why would you react react to what george had to say there because you know washington says it's illegal it's illegitimate eccentric satcher i can remember cos of aldo. well i would say that it's a good move on russia's side to support this referendum and you know
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most of their political up service here in moscow but are surprised when the steps were taken in that direction in the end of february but if you look at this situation from a russian perspective it would look rather nature really i mean since one thousand nine hundred eighty eight russia has been making concessions we gave up our positions in central europe where allowed nato to expand even into the former soviet republics in the baltics so ukraine was like the last straw that broke. the back of a camel something had to be done to shoulder west that it cannot indiscriminately and without any risks moving its military machine goals in course at the rush i mean sevastopol as a nato base is an absurdity if any of our knowing history knows that russia did not give up sevastopol even in eight hundred fifty five when the fleets of great
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britain and france about a bombard in it for months so obviously this is the first time that russia ready took a stand and i would say that the place is chosen not because of international law but if you go considerations probably it would be easier to apply pressure on other countries. in crimea indeed the majority of people want to become citizens of russia and the west should ask itself the question how come that these happened these people lived in independent ukraine for twenty five years and still they didn't become in any way closer to kiev i think the reason is because they're afraid that the new government in kiev is actually billion and they're think state this is something that they cannot accept in crimea michael it's even western media they just don't like to talk about the composition of this government in kiev the fascist the ultra nationalists explain to me why you think that's the case.
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i think that's the case because there's a natural bias in the western media against putin in russia even know what's what's concerning it's not only on the american right i mean fox news you know that's predictable but the american left publications like new york times are you know either they're glossing it over or they're outright criticizing it they're calling it propaganda in there overlooking the facts in the facts are neo fascists have and ultranationalist have filled a number of top ministry posts and what's ironic is the europeans and the us years ago said these parties did not reflect western values and now they're all about it you know it's like yesterday they were are neo fascists today you know they're evil kind of like the taliban were are terrorist before nine eleven and now they're evil it's just amazing it's just we're able to wind blows that's what the u.s. position is whatever the u.s. says at the time you know depending on the position depending on their interests
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that's that's what you know their stances so it's it's just remarkable like you know in my article i say google ukraine a neo fascist or neo nazi and you know eventually you find an article like the state department didn't have to do a lot of research yet they categorically denied this in a statement a top ten list kind of mocking putin and it is just you know it's agree just it's kind of hard to believe that they would point blank just deny that ultra nationalists are occupying the top post georgie if i go back to you in london i think what's really quite remarkable from a russian perspective is that there was an agreement on the twenty first of february it was a compromise everybody won something and no one lost everything and then the e.u. walked away from it in the we had between newlands coup pulled off here no wonder russia doesn't trust these people well quite president kennedy god rest his soul was going to dig the hole warroad two thousand nuclear war. to stop the then soviet
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union having missiles on cuba ninety miles away from the coast of florida yet they imagine that russia will expect will accept the ever onward march of nato and everybody knows that the kind of regime we now have through the coup in kiev the next thing they would do after the i.m.f. and the e.u. would be to invite nato to the very borders of the russian federation and anyone with any sense would know that a leader like putin who is nobody's pushover everybody knows that would never accept that russia is now attending to its absolutely legitimate security and economic concerns and the responsibilities that it has to ethnic russian people i mean the united kingdom sealed seven eight nine thousand miles to the south
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atlantic to come to the aid of two thousand three hundred of people who claim to be our compatriots and for the falklands war how much more pressure is there on erosion president to defend his compatriots on the very borders of the russian state well what about the south east of ukraine after this referendum in crimea which your crystal ball saying well i hope that. basically a cray mir is a special case and i see a lot of complications for russia and for the west if the rest of the eastern parts of ukraine become so violent and at a certain moment russia will be forced to intervene i think it's not in the interest of ukraine it's not in the interests of the west it's not in the interest of russia and i caught their. government in kiev has some wisdom and they won't just rest their leaders. or for people movements there because ok they're
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asked of these so-called people's governor. but there will be they're just replaced by some other enthusiastic so this is not the way to treat opposition we know it. but you know the problem with the kiev government. the west says or they made a mistake cancelling the status of russian as their regional language or they made a mistake by takin their members of the border party into the government to suborder initially was called national soulful party of ukraine you understand that this is a euphemism for national socialist party of ukraine but i would say that this reminds me or the soviet mentality they always said that started made mistakes the nature of stalin was screaming in there were he the same way i see a lot of people in budget if she and i see a lot of people who are also all diehard extremist nationalists and this is the
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nature of this regime to cancel the status of russian language in the regions or to take out a nationalist into the government this is no mistake this is their character ok michael let's focus on the state department here what were they thinking what was victoria newman thinking that she was going to pull this off i mean it's really amateur behavior i've never seen such amateur behavior in foreign policy in my lifetime. and i have to say admittedly i was a little shocked that you know she she she did this she's to you know seem like a professional when she do the state department press briefing she always carefully you know chose her words and for her to do something so one diplomatic but then again you know you know her fingerprints were kind and been ghazi as well so you know it's unbelievable she's married to a neo con you know that's got to be stated too so maybe that's where her mindset is
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and you know some of her radical views came out but it was disappointing you know when you when you cover the state department and there was you know the press even respected her and you know that it's unfair like you said it's just mind boggling but you know she's representing john kerry's ideas and i don't know what happened to kerry over the past ten years he has lindsey graham coming up to him saying hey reading her b.s. on the phone or not only go to the brain jump in george before we go to the break go ahead yeah i mean doesn't she representing john mccain's ideas i mean the obama administration hasn't had a farmhand on this the base has been set by mccain and by the new york on of the bush era nuland is one of those she's got a dirty mouth we know about what he's doing to solve the european union we now know she was giving out fifty dollars a day which was quite a bit of money. to zone the street that destroyed the ukrainian constitution so
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i don't think we can exculpate the obama administration from this if this is what's going on the good of the of what there are right and yes let me go we're going to jump in here we're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll continue our discussion on crimea stay with our team. you know recall the very black and white approach that the european union. 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. you know a reasonable path to follow nothing it was
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land. please. welcome back to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle true mind you were discussing the crimean vote. ok george i'll go back to you in london i as we are all speaking here right now the votes the last votes are being counted i think we can all rest assured that it's going to pass so what does washington in brussels and london and everybody else do tomorrow well i think they'll have to accept the democratic decision of the people of crimea they're not going to go to war with russia the sanctions that they're
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talking about world boomerang very badly upon them and hurt their own economies which my goodness are in a parlous condition so they'll just have to accept it and i think they'll be able to accept it the main problem will be as dimitri said earlier if the provocations of the right set their own spada continue in the ukraine against the overwhelmingly russian speaking people of the east of ukraine russia will be forced to take other measures and those other measures might take us into very dangerous waters indeed so if i was in the foreign office behind me who knows maybe one day i'll get there if i was in the foreign office behind me i would take the decision to just bite my lip and accept that the gamble that they took in backing the coup in kiev hasn't wholly come off and that crimea has to be put in the debit balance column you know
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it gave me it again you know we see washington fumbling all of the time in syria coming. to mind here what happens the next day we've heard so much bluster out of media and western politicians mccain was mentioned here i mean can they eat their words and if they will eat their words how long how will they reflect upon their policies. well the problem is there are sanctions when we talk about sanctions. those sanctions which can be imported on russia without a new price to pay from the western side these sanctions have already been imposed a lot a goal yeah i mean if we look at the main measures that the e.u. is going to take first is going to cancel negotiations on the visa free regime between russia and the u. i remind you that these negotiations were started on portions initiated of back in two thousand and three they dragged on for ten years and they will drag on for
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thirty or forty years more there is no absolutely no paid for in stopping these negotiations right now and the second thing that they did is to cancel negotiations on the new partnership and cooperation agreement again and i remind you this agreement was signed in one thousand nine hundred four it expired in two thousand and four and since then we would not elaborate the new agreement with the european union because this new agreement will have to be fired by the parliaments in such countries as poor and all the store near or large here and i don't think they will rectify any agreement except the violence saying that russia is a criminal state and you know all the story so the problem is that by being so confrontational with russia during the last at least twenty years the western powers have limited their capacity to impose sanctions what can they do ok they can store buy in russian oil and gas that that would be an economic disaster for the
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european union or they can stop said and russians you know their consumer goods or their luxury goods that they're sent in now and this will hit the european union's budget so by their old policy is they made themselves powerless no this is what i want to say about the west and put it issuance michael well how do you reflect upon that because you know monday morning is going to come around and we've already heard from john kerry that you know right after the referendum we will make our big announcement in from idema just said there's not any announcements going to be well in an underestimation of what he probably has in his mind. right i think you know the cold the cold war war's over it's not as easy to isolate countries especially great powers i think you know they may have some leverage with you know from the business aspect from the sanctions you know in this world today both you know the russia depends on europe europe depends on russia and europe you know they could
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hurt russia in that regard with you know you know if they overdo it on sanctions that may be a leverage point but that would be stupid because they rely on russian you know natural resources so i think there has to be restraint to start a sanctions war will lead to nowhere and it will it will hurt but there are some people like mccain that are wont to drive towards that and i think you know it could cause some problems if all these you know if it leads in these business and these industry leaders in russia start getting their visas revoked everywhere they go that that's going to be problematic and that's going to make the whole situation even worse so i think there needs to be restraint and i think there are a lot of go ahead georgia rick headlee ok george in london let me. let me tell you if they stop dr richard russians coming to london to throw their platinum credit cards around how to drive up the house prices for ordinary people
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in london and stop a russian boy isn't ruling elite college. that's a good thing so far as most british people. i always think even the president who do you guys will get all pissed off at putin. all right let me jump in here even if they do i think putin is pretty angry with them after all why shouldn't russia's wealth be spent in the development of russia rather than the development of the london property market are buying clubs in the english premiership let them buy clubs in russia oh that's what that's what vladimir putin says you're demon. let me go back to you here in moscow i think one interesting angle of this is that china has come out very much on russia's side and i always hated when western politicians say the international community says well no they're just nato and their friends but china is is coming out and saying look you know there are lines that you cannot cross here and it's backing up russia here how is this changing the geopolitical
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order in your mind well i must tell you that i heard from several cheney's friends of mine. they suddenly had the same impression about john kerry's supreme court press conference that i had i mean the recent most recent press conference and this impression was very positive i mean i understand that they sound strange but it was very positive because for the first time in fifteen years that we have heard from mr kerry such words as legitimate russian interests and molecule a troll approach go into international organizations observe an international law for fifteen years since the yugoslav war in one thousand nine hundred nine we haven't heard it from the united states we want it heard that the u.n. is all dated international law is old dated the united states is going to act you knew a truly. russia has no legitimate interest china has no legitimate interest so for the first time their american secretary of state speaks like
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a normal official in his situation and russia to take this move russia to basically. make this board geopolitical step in order to make john kerry speak like a normal human being this is something that is going to be watched closely and appreciated in china in india probably even in brazil ok george but it looks like the horses are already out the gate here because again mr kerry can talk all he wants but actions are very very different here again if the the united states. spotlight is on the fact that it doesn't respect international law and when it deals with the sovereign rights of other countries i mean one of the interesting things is that we keep hearing from the white house is that russia should respect the sovereignty of ukraine well who doesn't respect current in ukraine. well look i'm sitting a hundred fifty yards from the building that took
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a decision to invade and occupy country after country after over the last decade all those who mendaciously marched us into war and occupation around the world have no right to speak about anybody's infringement of anybody's national sovereignty but in this case it's especially absurd because as you fleetingly referred in kosovo which is a part of the serbian state the very same countries are doing everything that they can to separate costs of all from serbia and to accept that unilateral declaration of independence and this all began with tony blair's chicago speech the chicago doctrine where they basically crushed international law they crushed the united nations they asserted their right to decide where and when to intervene invade occupy other people's countries so i don't take seriously the
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political class of the western countries or their media jim barr and president putin hasn't filed a single shot in anger in crimea the criterion people are putting an x on a piece of paper as we speak what could be a more democratic peaceful way of self determining your own future than that ok michael i'm i'm i'm almost convinced that mr putin is going to irritate everyone in the west by not saying anything about a vote for a while here although what's clear is obama's position right now we have people like mccain are you know he says we became says about the obama failed in syria he's failed in ukraine is there going to be a backlash against obama because he does the perception is he's very weak. i think the perception is that he's weak and sometimes people mistake that because he's judicious and deliberateness thinking and i mean maybe he's more like putin in that
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regard maybe it seems like he doesn't like to make a lot of statements on this and as george said earlier and now i'm wondering is this state department kind of going rogue on the obama i think his problem is he you know he's not controlling the state department properly he's not controlling the message and it's hard it's hard to understand what he really thinks because he doesn't make a lot he lets kerry make all the statements and you know sounds like they let victoria run wild so i think you know if he sat down in a back room obama would love to you know do some i think he's a pragmatic liberal so i think you know we're going to get from him he has to take control of the situation and kind of tone it down rein in the state department. i think that's that's the problem right now there's a disconnect i think you know he is deliberate and that's what he gets you know he gets accused of dithering you know which is you know he's thinking before he's acting so you know that's the way i see it all right gents fascinating discussion
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with run out of time many thanks my guest in london washington and in moscow and thanks to our viewers for watching us here at r.t. see you next time and remember. these are. two of the. most women in the news because we're. not in the second set i have a d.v.d. of the maids today it's an. i haven't drawn. drones have not caused
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polling stations close in crimea capping a historic referendum on whether the province should stay with you breakaway and be reunited with. the balrog in ukraine in no mood with one of its leaders as presidential candidate threatening to blow up a pipeline supplying russian natural gas. civilian activists say they've. been a free convoy amid reports that sending troops into the russian border claiming it's just routine drill. i didn't 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 ever since and while there are.

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