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by their just turn one of the afternoon here in moscow this is a. weekly roundup of the big stories of the last seven days and one that came in overnight in fact new round of sanctions is just a signature away as congress waits for president trying to put pen to paper the senate passed a bill on thursday washington says in response to what they call russian aggression in syria and ukraine and for alleged meddling in the u.s. election. there might be much more behind the initiative the sanctions bill that was passed it targets many parts of russia's economy it targets mining targets finance and russia metal manufacturing but one part of the bill that was specifically singled out was the energy sector of right. as economy the bill
penalizes any company that cooperates with russia's pipeline projects it's about sending a message to russia to hold mr putin accountable for his actions we will take tough action against russia the bill is targeting the construction of a key natural gas pipeline into europe citing what it calls detrimental impact on european energy security furthermore in the same paragraph the bill talks about exporting more of america's resources in order to create american jobs strengthen u.s. allies and strengthen u.s. foreign policy now that all agrees with a key component of u.s. energy strategy america's global dominance in energy policy. is not just a vital element of u.s. economic policy but it's also a bottle element of us foreign policy and one of the most important actions we can take is to use our massive shale gas resources to begin shipping liquefied natural
gas overseas so there you have it but what does selling gas to europe have to do with protecting the sanctity of america's voting machines the point is it hasn't got to do anything with the geo political sphere with the frozen conflict in the ukraine though with syria and it actually hasn't got anything to do also with an interference of russia into the us elections this has to do with the approach of the us administration to make deals to get their economy going and so this is very committed rather than political u.s. leaders say that they don't like russia for all kinds of reasons but one thing they don't mention is that russia is a key exporter of oil and natural gas competing with the big monopolists america's european allies are now crying foul saying that the usa is interfering with their energy policies with these sanctions the us bill could have unintended unilateral effects the impact the e.u.'s energy security interests america first kind of mean
that europe's interests come last at this point russia counts for thirty eight percent of the european union's natural gas while the usa only accounts for two percent of the e.u. is natural gas imports you can bet some slick wall street syndicates would like to reverse that lineup so when you hear this explanation of the sanctions the mere fact that russia tried to affect our elections this stunning breach of our right as a sovereign nation decades of unchecked russian aggression whether it be in the ukraine in the crimea in syria don't forget about this one we must continue to focus on how we get our gas here in the united states our natural gas to europe to our allies so they're not so dependent on russia. e.u. leaders reacted angrily to washington's proposed new sanctions and its attempt to free europe from its reliance on russian gas they say their economic interests are being ignored germany's gone even further it's even threatened us with
countermeasures is one reason why europe's leaders are unhappy than the sanctions could impact the big north stream to pipeline a major project between european companies and russia's energy sector firms from germany austria france and the netherlands of agreed to invest almost five billion euro in it and a half of the project total cost there's a lot at stake here once completed it should provide northern europe with russian gas according to reports multi-national businesses in the energy sector like b.p. like exxon mobil have been lobbying against the new measures in congress so to have manufacturers like boeing and ford involved here's our europe correspondent with more. well it's the potential impact that these sanctions could have on both the the business and energy sectors here in europe that has e.u. officials hot under the collar there are potentially huge fines for e.u. businesses that would enter into energy projects with russia many of those blue
chip european companies of course are heavily involved there what we've heard from the german foreign ministry is them saying that it can't be accepted that the industrial policy of another nation be passed off as sanctions while the german government spokesperson also came out saying that e.u. industry can't be targeted and if there will be a response if the sanctions or when the sanctions go through it's not just the germans though the french foreign ministry issued a statement saying that well they believe that the sanctions impacted upon the rights of private individuals as well as corporate entities to an extent that they believe may go beyond international law the austrian chancellor kristie in care he posted online he said that politics and a business should not be mixing when it comes to making decisions like this it's not excluded that they also follow that they also follow their economic interests.
we don't complain about that unless it does not affect our own interests but right now it really affects our own interest negatively impact of the plan sanctions notice a very negative form of especially for the energy sector because of the sanctions under the threat of sanctions especially energy pipeline exports from russia so what options remain for the european union when these sanctions or if these sanctions come into being the european union could decide to impose sanctions of their own on the united states now this could take the form of e.u. banks suspending u.s. companies ability to take out short term loans but let's be realistic this would be a nuclear option. russia's patience is also weighing in the week president putin said that moscow couldn't tolerate offensive actions anymore and use of these
sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of the world trade organization we're being very patient and very reserved but we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can be perceived as aggravation and i would even say exceptional cynicism and official response came from moscow and asked the u.s. to reduce the number of diplomatic staff it has here in russia it's estimated that between two and seven hundred people will be sent home or fired but the american embassy hasn't given an exact figure as of yet moscow says the number of stuff must be cut to four hundred fifty five which is the exact same amount it has in its embassy over in the states russia's also said the two diplomatic properties used by washington will be seized next month it'll take back a warehouse in the south of moscow and riverside retreat in one of the capital's parks it was used by staff members for leisure activities and get togethers. yet
none is that this is a response to the unlawful actions v u.s. and most importantly to the anti russian mayhem in the u.s. congress the rest of the setting the tone on capitol hill and we're not ruling out any steps to bring them to their senses this bill is a tool of intimidation for the entire world it's a consequence of our unwillingness to follow america's political course. the u.s. secretary of state's explained the thinking behind the sanctions billy says no it's russia that should be taking steps to improve its ties with the u.s. and hope sanctions won't be needed in the future the russian embassy in the u.s. said it was puzzled by regs to listen statement on the sanctions and got some expert opinion. it's not the most logical thing to say we want to improve relations therefore we are imposing sanctions to listen his statement was trying to be diplomatic and less from the impact and be less insulting to russia than the he might otherwise have been so that i think that's why you have a logical statement explaining these sanctions to which was not really any sensible
justification at all we think about american foreign policy from like one nine hundred forty five forward it's tough to find many great examples of what we've accomplished so what the american forces and foreign policy it's stablish meant expected what they're trying to do you know i think it's time for a total and complete overhaul of how we conduct our international business. weeks after the city of mosul was finally freed from islamic state in iraq more details of the liberation emerged a new report in the week for human rights watch suggested that one iraqi military unit executed dozens of suspected members of ice and without trial this is how international observers describe what they saw in mosul. a group of iraqi soldiers that phool naked men down an alleyway after which they heard multiple gunshots. through the doorway of a damaged house the bodies of a number of naked men lying in the doorway they said one of the dead men was lying
with his hands behind his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rooper around his legs two sixteenth division soldiers a school should one observe and showed the seven head of the soldiers said was an american female isis sniper whom the high decapitation was not clear whether the decapitated her alive. this is one of a series of reports that human rights watch has issued on the final weeks of the battle in mosul against isis and in these reports what we have seen is numerous extrajudicial killings by iraqi forces of men that they say were linked to isis without any judge without any trial simply executing them on the battlefield really all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis has been committing rampant abuses including war crimes we have yet to see a single incident be properly x.
investigated by the iraqis or any commanders to be held accountable the report claims the executions were carried out by an iraqi unit the played a significant role in the liberation they received american training and assistance while fighting are still in twenty fifteen yesterday i spoke with. a security official in baghdad province he told me washington bears some responsibility for the crimes committed by the sixteenth the vision the subset of video coming up. the sixteen division was formed by the united states trained by the united states controlled by the united states so definitely if there's any human rights violation it's very obvious that those who controlled or formed this division must on the stuff. and all must pay some type of at least moral responsibility because i mean nobody here sympathizes with. supporters or isis members so
but from a legal point of view yes this is an issue that needs to be looked at there is an investigation but is it enough is it wide enough is it deep enough we still state of war looking at what we know so far it can be very difficult to specifically accuse any of those american soldiers for for training iraqi soldiers specifically in the craft of torture but i think it paints a very poor picture puts the americans. under a very poor lights in iraq generally i mean we've you know what are they doing there exactly i mean this sort of euphemistic advisor i think the the mrs been busted i want exactly what those voices do in iraq should not forget that this is not the first time that an extraordinary human rights abuses have been documented by the americans in iraq we look back to two thousand and three and the abu ghraib prison and torture for example you know this is coming around again it seems to be
something that we should start to get used to in iraq with the top stories the last seven days and the latest this weekend you're watching the weekly here in out international with me kevin zero in today thanks for it coming up venezuela is in the news again this sunday big vote there today a bit later to elect a new assembly but more trouble is expected to in the streets we'll keep an eye on but as our news review the we continue.
same wrong. lol just don't hold. yet to shape our. culture. and indeed it was betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart a. chance to look for common ground. as venezuela's embattled government proposed to hold a key constitutional vote on sunday the country's opposition a calling for a further wave of protests later it's despite a ban on street demonstrations which in the last week alone has left reportedly at least five killed with a country in the economic doldrums and experiencing
a political deadlock then today president will do is calling on venezuelans to elect a new body it will be tasked with rewriting the current constitution of a five hundred representatives will be chosen from various groups in society but the opposition believes the president simply trying to extend his powers here and undermining democracy at the same time is a look back at how the crisis worsened over the recent months. i.
saw sweet we managed to secure an exclusive interview with the venezuelan president he told us the opposition's tactics as many people in this country. europe we should be in europe if you know the opposition has been saying the same thing for eighteen years they used to say about hugo chavez i know about me for the last few use for there is no other way to resolve a conflict in our country than through democratic means. you for three and a half weeks starting in the opposition to engage in a direct dialogue and join the national constitutional assembly but they refused since then the only thing the opposition has been doing is taking new steps back with me right now the situation is dire and you think face political isolation i don't know if they're leaning towards the far right and they've trapped in cells in
this strategy of local acts of violence restricting the movement of people in the very districts that voted for them the opposition is losing the support of the venezuelan people voted for them in the past. we also spoke to an opposition activist he claims medea is riding roughshod over democracy in the country and the door has been undermining democracy i was listening to his interview saying that a way to change democracy and as well as their family through this new constitution that he wants to do right it is very clear as we have seen in the past that the opposition one clear and save elections about two years ago where they won the majority in the parliament so there is no reason for him to write a new constitution what he writes another constitution he kicks out the opposition from power and he continues to do what he wants besides the fact that the national guard has been killing people on the streets i mean with the international
community cannot just sit around and wait for him to do all these old take all these actions against his people the majority of the people going to have a different opinion what's going on in the country the betting on what social sector they belong to. on monday italy's interior minister stress that there was no easy way out of the migrant crisis speaking at a gathering of european officials in chinese here for a common e.u. strategy. there is no magic solution no nation can alone deal with the migrate reflux a new nation is sheltered from italy's been the most vocal over the refugee crisis it's often on the forefront it's received most of the new arrivals coming by sea from africa in fact so far this year almost one hundred thousand of reached the italian coast in the week in a patrol of forest travel to rural areas in italy to see how the crisis is impacting life day in day out past the umberto a small town in the mountains which after a government decision was forced to accommodate dozens of migrants. i hope the
mayor of this town mr cheever talk explain the system to me. on giordano. the prefecture didn't tell us in advance that migrants were coming i thought everything would work out as the government told us that it would help us to cope with the migrants there are already many problems here like unemployment issues with infrastructure health etc that's why some people around here are angry because the government chose to invest money into the relocation of migrants instead of providing time with additional funds. this looks like the hotel we're looking for they entered through the gates but stayed outside because there was no electricity the hotel hasn't been used for years to host tourists my next step was to try and talk to the migrants inside but they wouldn't let me behind the locked gate was a dodgy looking man he claimed to be from
a cooperative that had been put in charge by the authorities known filming he said the mayor said that a very low percentage of people who are here are actually refugees most of them are economic migrants is not true no that's not true the migrants are well integrated the mayor has never even contacted me he is lying i went on to ask where the migrants were from the man claimed they were all refugees out of. nigeria niger guinea became a fast food just as i was negotiating we saw a couple with a tray of sweets turns out some locals were indeed glad to have the new neighbors finally he let me in without the camera the refugees said they'd only got warm welcomes from locals and were ready to become sicilians i can tell you that the migrants and refugees have everything to live a normal life there the question though remains whether they will be able to integrate into the local society and whether all the locals will be ready to accept
that number of refugees our journey continued to another small community where migrants haven't arrived yet but the government's intentions have already caused quite a debate in the usually quiet neighborhood. a very small abandoned school local government wanted to place sixty margarets in that small building i think we have a chance to talk to the lawyer who is representing the local community. first which is not a problem with out of the. border putting migrants here into buildings like this is racism the risk is that the shelter could turn into a ghetto because the migrants will have nothing to do here having blasted the rest of the youth are betraying roman crisis italian officials seem to have taken up the strategy of a nationwide melting pot will be watching how it's put to the test you leave a drink your tea in sicily. focusing on jerusalem too that was rocked
this last week palestinian protesters clashed with israeli police over the implementation of strict security measures at temple mount also known as a ramel sharif hundreds of protesters were injured their holy site was cordoned off by israeli authorities after a deadly shooting metal detectors and video cameras were installed and that sparked outrage in the muslim community is our middle east correspondent. i'm standing here in front of the dome of the rock which has been the scene of violent clashes for the past two weeks we are hearing that more than a hundred people have been injured the number of palestinians who've been killed in the last two weeks of violence has now climbed to six the israeli police reinforcements particularly around the old city many of the arab east jerusalem neighborhoods were closed off and at the same time roadblocks in and out of the west bank will reinforce we're hearing from the israeli security officials that they will a harsh response to anyone who throws rocks or stones at the israeli police israel
says it will remove metal detectors that will put up after two security guards were killed two fridays ago but the palestinian president mahmoud abbas says this is not enough and he insists that israel returns to the way the status quo was before that incident the latest measures are that only people over the age of fifty are to come and pray here i'm talking specifically men and women of all ages are allowed some of the entrances to the mosque are still closed because of these measures the mood on the ground is still tense there is a lot of frustration amongst palestinians that i've been talking to some have even said that if israel doesn't remove these last remaining restrictions they will be a third intifada or a third palestinian uprising but outside the temple mount compound the mood is jubilant people have been throwing sweets and chocolate saying that this battle for al aksa has been won by the palestinians r.t. jerusalem. for us i go by something of a different bit of news happening today in russia very very pro day for the guys
involved president putin's congratulated the fleet in the country's northern capitals and petersburg thousands of people turned out to see the latest seagoing hardware that russia has to offer from a cost of went to. those signals in the chair would resonate with you where you. see. the four fleets of the russian navy are celebrating the navy as a powerful surface ships and stealthy submarines will take part in net flix ill as involving one hundred vessels all around the country st petersburg is hosting the biggest event with forty ships taken part in the parade right here on the net voc
river battle cruiser and the ballistic missile carrying nuclear submarine which are among the biggest nuclear propelled ships in the world have taken center stage and of course smaller cruisers destroyers submarines and surface ships are on display here as well as a navy war planes and helicopters some other russian port cities like several more successful than leave all stuck overseas are holding may day festivities as well but of course the biggest ones are right here in russia's northern capital of st petersburg for r.c. . was a rousing way to end this bulletin thanks for watching you can follow a lot of stories have your say on them twenty four seventh's called called embrace here in thirty minutes i'm kevin now in thanks for watching for me and the rest of
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