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the headlines. saying that the significantly flawed. the new sanctions not only u.s. russia relations but also. businesses. deescalation zone is about to come into effect in syria but the moderate rebels committed to it.
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very well. president has signed a new sanctions bill targeting russia however the american leader branded the restrictions as flawed and signaled that he was reluctant to approve the. i favor tough measures to punish and deter aggression and the stupid lies in behavior by iran north korea and russia this legislation is significant you fool it's haste to post this legislation the congress included a number of clearly m constitutional provisions a number of provisions pull to displace the president's exclusive constitutional authority and those comments live a lot of questions in their wake the present state that even though he stands for
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legislation as unconstitutional he signed off on it as president trump swore an oath to preserve protect and defend the constitution of the united states but he seems to be openly doing the opposite upon approving the sanction this bill of course is it is a terrible bill. it benefits the people of no contrary not the united states not germany not all three or in a way not russia not syria not not any of the people is the constitutional crisis our government is set up to where there are three branches that constantly struggle one against the other. so that in itself is not totally unexpected but i do believe that these side shows are out of heaping with the traditions of the united states and how our government functions but what looks
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like a constitutional crisis brewing in the us is not the only problem trump is facing sanctions that hit russia's energy and defense sector are infuriating america's partners in europe those who work with moscow and those areas so these things can seem to be leaving hardly anyone happy trumps being forced to go against its constitutional beliefs gets worse relations taken further heads america's closest european allies go on the defensive to counter what they see as measures potentially in violation of international. when statement i made with the president claiming that he can make far better deals with foreign countries than congress but with measures such as these being passed you may be prevented from doing just that . washington d.c. one way congress can. deal making potential is by stopping him from lifting restrictions the new law requires the president to obtain congressional approval for any such move moscow says the new sanctions derail any possible progress in already poor relations between the u.s.
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and russia correspondent brings us the russian reaction. so when it comes to the hopes that russia u.s. ties could go back on track it looks like we have reached the end of the line here at least judging by the three points that were made by the russian prime minister dmitri medvedev first there is no hope for any improvement of our relations with the new american administration second a total trade war has been declared on russia the trumpet ministration has demonstrated complete impotence of all executive power to congress in the most humiliating way this changes the political balance of power in the us what does that mean for them the american establishment has definitively beaten trump when the u.s. congress initially approved a new round of sanctions even without the signature by donald trump moscow already head back we know that more than seven hundred fifty american diplomats will have to leave moscow and also in retaliation to similar measures by the u.s.
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government american diplomatic property in moscow has been seized but perhaps new measures could still be following and that warning has already been received you can read through the latest statement by the russian foreign ministry but if you look at the effects of all that i guess it is fair to say even in a historic perspective when donald trump replaced barak obama in the white house the u.s. russia relations never really got off that rocky road but yes there have been some moments when the arrival of donald trump brought some hopes we've seen some moments when there was light at the end of the tunnel we remember the rex tillerson visits to moscow then of course the many phone conversations between donald trump and vladimir putin and finally their face to face meeting in a hamburg of course that resulted in the syria cease fire agreement but with the
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latest developments with that donald trump signature and with the very strong response that we saw from the russian prime minister dmitry medvedev it looks like at the end of the day things are getting pretty bad. former u.s. congressman on the presidential run poll believes the new sanctions are a big mistake unhooked old place i don't think on the long run this benefit i don't think it benefits america it certainly doesn't benefit you know peace in the world between europe and russia so i think it's a terrible thing to have happen but there are some those who cope qualified to be participants in the deep state they are determined they are determined almost obsessed with making sure that there is no friendship between the united states and russia between putin and trump i think that is tragic you know even when
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russia and the soviet union existed we actually were quite willing you know when necessary to talk and work out some problem one project of the new sanctions talk it is the north stream to pipeline and this is due to start pumping gas from russia to europe in twenty nineteen it is regarded by europe as key to its energy needs more of a european have invested some five billion euros in this project the new sanctions are regarded by some in europe as an intrusion into into. some european officials your u.s. policies peter all of a investigates. these were never anticipated to be populist sanctions and well the bill being signed has proved exactly that extremely unpopular amongst the upper echelons here in europe because the simple thing is if you target russia's energy sector then ultimately you're going to end up targeting those businesses that deal with the russian energy sector and supply an important some cases
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a lot of that energy from russia here to the european union and we purge from senior figures in the e.u. saying that if this happens in the interests are targeted there will be repercussions we will defend ourselves against an american first industrial policy masquerading as sanctions in any case the law stipulates the u.s. holding preliminary consultations with us europeans before this can happen but we understand that the sanctions were softened somewhat before they went through congress but they haven't been softened and nuff for senior opinion figures showing claude young at the e.u. commission president saying that it's if there was any any impact on european businesses that there would be a response within days now what type of response is still unknown at the nuclear option could be the one not many people would want to go down would be the implementation of sanctions by the european union on the united states or on u.s. interests but
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a lot of this comes down to gas and energy supply and the amount that europe relies on russia for that of course it's also raised questions over the reasoning behind these particular sanctions because one of the alternate main supply is could of course be imports of u.s. gas meanwhile a new study into which country people fear the most found an answer that might surprise some research and surveyed forty two thousand people across thirty eight countries but i guess the it has the story. the world is a frightening place disasters wars terror and paul the t. make us a fearful people but fear can be measured who would you say people are most afraid of the usual suspects.
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who cheney but no none of the people in the thirty eight countries that polled feel most threatened by the united states this is pew research one of the most respected pollsters in the world doesn't seem to know it's doesn't seem that stable at the moment to us if it's a word works for the eye to understand why they perceive the united states as a threat well i guess this has to do with the tone of our political change and that doesn't surprise me it's very disturbing it's concerning it's scary sort of our image now sort of a lot lot more anger towards us and within us i mean i guess that makes me feel better meaning that we have a strong military someone said it's better to be here than love so it's an old story big bad america big bad russia china we've heard it all before what's striking here is that it isn't america's enemies that increasingly
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view it as a chief threat it's washington's friends canadians for example now see the united states as more of a threat than either russia or china that is outright animosity within nato and among allies turkey south korea japan spain greece and germany view washington as the most threatening state in the world that's as may. seventy two percent of respondents how's that for friends in europe you have. least some understanding of the united states in the world that you do not have in the united states you have germany now opposing u.s. sanctions on russia us out of the public this is not the german government this is the german public this is not the swedish government this is the swedish public so
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you have people who are opposed to war opposed to militarism opposed to nato expansion of those two u.s. bases in germany expressing their viewpoint and that's you know not typically in news in europe and especially not in the united states you know you could say that over the last four years trump and obama helped make america great again or at least a great threat. one of the countries their views the u.s. as a major threat is turkey about comes amid a row between the two nato allies with the pentagon recently slamming ankara's decision to buy a russian air defense system rather than opting for nato technology washington says the russian equipment could be incompatible with other systems used by the nato alliance generally speaking it's a good idea for allies to buy into or probably quitman with any ally with any
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partner with whom we intend operate we want them to buy things invest in things that will further invest in our line. russia's s. four hundred surface to air system is designed to shoot down enemy missiles that can be ready within three minutes and has a maximum altitude of around thirty kilometers with a range of about four hundred a turkey says it had tried to purchase similar systems from washington for the us refused and that's why ankara switched to business partners. upon why should this be a concern each country should take certain measures to ensure its security which are the side to ensure these measures it takes the necessary steps how many times have we talked with america but it did not work out so like it or not we began to make plans about the s four hundred our interests departments the negotiating and this step will be taking another thorn in our u.s. targets relations as the turkish media's attacks on u.s.
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special envoy brett mcgurk he's being criticized for promoting the military partnership between america and the syrian kurds something ankara has repeatedly condemned our guest told us that the recent turkish american confrontation signifies a new stage in the nato allies ties. this will create definitively in the wrong ground a big confrontation between turkey and united states or from mica the problem for turkey is that turkey is one of the most important. military allies of nato and the second biggest army is still in turkey of the united states of america and i think . that. the focus here is now trying to play russia. the united states of america and because it's the balance of power for this type of bad attitude towards america and american policies will be not
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as usual as before just on a quarter past the hour here in moscow a new deescalation zone will soon come into effect just north of the syrian city of homs details just. seems wrong. but i. just don't. get to shape it just to. add to. it. equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. you can't import healthcare from china it's all very local. cases
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of price gouging by monopolists in america and as a result people's health is declining life expectancy is falling childbirth increasing because of these were not pleased with the lack of competition. joining us here on our two to syria now where a new deescalation zone has just come into force that's according to russia's defense minister a little bit of what it was according to the agreement today on the third of august starting from the local time moderate opposition forces as well as government troops will cease fire from all types of weapons. bullets latest the escalation zone as a result of intensive talks in asked another capital and also in color of the will
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for deescalation zones discussed in total two already in operation in southern syria this is the third one put in place it encompasses around eighty seven towns and villages in those areas of syria one hundred forty thousand people living there so very substantial progress in deed now while the ceasefire covers effectively all sides and all weapons as we mentioned just there of course. exempt from both internationally recognized terrorist organizations and will be fair game for all parties as always the rebels the moderate rebels in these areas they will be tossed with actually pushing them out as a general question cough said let's take a listen. what is this thing that they go to in this according to the agreement the moderate opposition assumes responsibility for pushing eisel and really it's out of the areas it controls. not only has russia played a key role in the negotiating table bridging is
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a very major differences between these opposing sides that will suffer all on the ground russian military police will be observing the cease fire really closely they'll be separating the warring parties as well as controlling some crossings and checkpoints that also have a very important humanitarian role in making sure humanitarian aid medicine etc gets through to the areas where it's needed and facilitating the evacuation of wounded civilians they will also have the chance to be treated in russian field hospitals in the area to ensure they get the treatment they very much need now the opposition has also agreed to open a key road between homs and hama two major cities which was previously a stumbling block in those negotiations in total well there's over two thousand two thousand and ninety five in total to be precise towns and villages covered by these deescalation zones when the fourth one comes into play there will be even more so very much substantial progress here in facilitating
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a ceasefire in what's been some very difficult negotiations on these opposing sides . a journalist who worked with r.t. arabic became one of the latest casualties of the war in syria. died last week in charlayne near the homs province while filming a story on the syrian army's operations against islamic state and we now can bring you his final report and the testimony of his dedication to shutting light on the horrors of war as told by his camera man who was also caught up in the crossfire. you see this rig. the big one this. means we're filming. we came to the eastern countryside of homes called beggarly or with the army it was a place of direct confrontation with i still as we arrived the army was ordered to
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deal with the terrorist forces facing us the first show hits i still fight is then another one was fired shortly after the second show i'm not really sure whether i still fired a missile or a mortar but it was quite accurate hit a group of people khaled was there and the brigadier who was killed and the driver who was with us and is still in hospital was critically wounded we tried to do our best to help each other by all means and those who were not injured took us in pickup trucks to an ambulance on the road we didn't exactly know what happened that khaled was dead we were praying for him not to die hoping his injuries weren't serious and. i had known him for a long time but it felt as if i knew him for more than ten years and his personality he was gallant and courageous he had many plans and desperations for the future he wants to do something for his country. the pentagon has denied
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allegations that knew about the torture and killings carried out by elite cameroonian forces known as the rapid intervention to tally and all be i.r. at a military base where u.s. troops are conducting training. and reports. according to amnesty international it's pretty clear that the african nation of cameroon is not a human rights paradise reports published in twenty fifteen and twenty sixteen highlighted how cameroon's authours g.'s and security forces often fail to respect obligations committing human rights violations including with arbitrary arrests incommunicado detention torture and deaths in custody these atrocities are taking place even at a military base that's being used by u.s. troops i saw white men inside many times and i heard them talking in english i think they were americans everyone said they were americans and we knew american soldiers stuck material in psylocke. usa has over three hundred military personnel
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in the country to help in the fight against the bulk of around terrorist group but it's what's going on at the military base where some of them are present that's raising alarm bells b.o.r. agents are asked me to confess that i was noms smuggler but i denied it while still tied up my head was forced into a barrel of water while i was in this position they beat the soles of my feet one after the other they would hit me we were tortured like this for a week and we ended up understanding that we had to tell them that we were arm smugglers in order not to die so that's what we did the guards came with be our soldiers to ask me questions about whether i knew book or arms members i said i didn't that beat me for five days tied up like a goat my arms and features strained behind my back but the u.s. african command says it's never heard any such reports to date u.s. africa command has not received any reports of human rights abuses by cameroonian forces at either of these locations. perhaps she needs to have a chat with a certain state department. security forces committed numerous unlawful killings
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then gauged in torture beatings and of abuses particularly of detainees and prisoners. maybe the us african command just doesn't trust the big wigs back home when we're seeing that we're talking specifically about a u.s. service member reporting up their chain of command not about external reports if there's a vital interests for the u.s. military in a particular country there's a tendency not to emphasize human rights violations and those particular state cameroon does have oil and it is willing to work with the u.s. or various joint military operations so in that regard the u.s. does have a interests in developments in terms of when information is inconvenient it often gets ignored so is it any surprise that when there are reports of u.s. allies who are violating human rights washington seems to look the other way but
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r.t. new york. it is an international an explosion and i mean ition depot in up cars here has left two people dead and around sixty injured. the dead were only falling off of the fire had been extinguished both were russian tourists returning from a whole striding expedition among the injured with dozens of all the tourists. it's a mineral water spring close to the depot and the blast also damaged want to house with shrapnel ripping through some of the windows the cause of the explosion is still. early thursday afternoon here in the russian capital thanks for joining us so far here on r.t. and more of your world headlines in about thirty five. in
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