there's no evidence of kremlin meddling in catalonia that's the message from spain's prime minister in response to claims of russian involvement in the region's independence referendum. the u.k.'s prime minister of russia in a speech her critics say is designed to deflect attention from the struggling bragg's of negotiations. and facing immense pressure from the u.s. justice department this channel is forced to register as a foreign agent in america we take a look at what that means for r.t. we've got live in the us is as well.
live from moscow to the world this is r.t. international my names you know neal good to have your company this hour's top story spain's prime minister said there is no evidence the russian government interfered in castle loan is independence referendum the comment comes in response to claims in the media that moscow was attempting to meddle with more and not here unless to see it. as if we haven't seen enough attempts recently to try to drag russia and certain events unraveling in the west lately we've seen attempts to try to implicate russian activity even in the catchline crisis despite this year's long standoff between barcelona and madrid really newspaper headlines from around the world have seen galore excitement about potential russian meddling yet again for instance a big spanish newspaper el pais certainly seem to have dedicated lots of attention to russia despite this being obviously a national crisis we've seen also this week in brussels some spanish officials
trying to talk to their e.u. partners on this topic discuss the possibility of russia haven't carried out some kind of decent destabilisation activity when it comes to the cattle our friend jim and the events that are rivaled afterwards however we have seen high ranking officials such as the high representative of the you for foreign affairs frederica love you really as well as nato secretary general even not comment on these issues following those meetings and of course the spanish prime minister himself marianna rahowa said that there is no proof i have no data which can be used as evidence on the involvement of the russian government nothing well we've heard similar message come from the spanish foreign minister as well so now with these high profile comments being made by spanish politicians hopefully this topic will have exhausted itself and spain will be able to move forward in actually solving the biggest
crisis to touch this nation in a generation meanwhile britain's prime minister has joined the bandwagon making russia major topic of a twenty minute speech mentioning the country eight times. chief among those today of course is russia but it is russia's actions russia's illegal mannix ation of crimea so i have a very simple message for russia because we know there's a strong and prosperous russia russia has the reach and the responsibility russia can russia does not the british p.m.'s message comes on the back of a tough week for her domestically treason may continues to be hounded by m.p.'s over her brags at negotiations which are seemingly yet to yield any real positives for the u.k. so much so that the e.u. is chief breaks that negotiator says he won't rule out a no deal scenario meaning break that talks could collapse entirely pressure is also building on may with rumors that up to forty m.p.'s are readying
a letter of no confidence that number is just eight short of the required total to force a new leadership election within her conservative party we discussed the p.m.'s predicament with party veteran former government minister peter lilly he believes her speech wasn't just directed up moscow it was as much a message to europe because it was to russia is saying we are the major security power in the european continent we have the best armed forces and the greatest ability to deploy them we want to continue to be allied with our european neighbors when we leave but they've got to remember if they want us to be helpful and firm and stand by them they don't want to weaken us or we can their relations with us. we do deal with the second half war she was saying that we won't call deal relations with russia we certainly don't want to return to the cold war we recognize that we're actually the opposite ends of europe and for hundreds of years
we've been natural allies heman we don't like each other's regimes we are natural allies. now after facing months of pressure from washington r.t. america her has been forced to register as a foreign agent in the u.s. with more on what that means for this channel here certainly between go. just think about it r.t. america is now officially a foreign agent in the us eighty years after far came into being our us branch registered under the foreign agents registration act which dates back to the times before the second world war back then the purpose was to make sure that no minds of u.s. citizens are influenced by organizations funded by nazi germany whatever was the purpose of the u.s. department of justice in the twenty first century they said at deadline for r.t. america r.t. america chose to meet that deadline because nobody wants to be in trouble with u.s.
law enforcement so let's just take a look at some of the things that our us branch could now be obliged to do all the time for example that is attaching a public disclaimer to every piece of information that gets sent out or filing a copy or a version of it to the us department of justice within forty eight hours of transmission and i'll tell you that it will take a long time to adjust to the still reality and even to figure out whether it is possible in the first place does that mean that every tweet that gets posted by america requires a disclaimer does our channel in the u.s. now have to send all its tweets to the u.s. department of justice many experts have argued that in the twenty first century with the current social media output which is normal for all news organizations it is simply impossible although this cracked out on r.t. america has been ignored largely by those who you would expect to speak on
the issues with freedom of speech and didn't go completely unnoticed take the committee to protect journalists that's a new york based ngo they were very critical of the ultimatum said by the u.s. department of justice and here's bits of their statement compelling to register under far as a bad idea we're on comfortable. with governments deciding what constitutes journalism or propaganda and you may well argue that the us authorities are applying double standards here take china as. america that is operating in the us without any issues then the us version of al-jazeera was there for a few years all perfectly fine and i won't be lying if i say that here at r t we are waiting for more critical reaction both from individuals and geos when it comes to russia's retaliation it is still work in progress the law makers are working on it but we just heard. the russian foreign minister once again say that steps and
response will be taken. measures mean adequate measures you may come up with different pseudonyms president already sent our reaction will be swift and strong so let's be patient the question now is which media outlets will be affected by this retaliation previously russian official said that it could be american based media or media organizations that are directly funded by the us government think voice of america or the likes of c.n.n. the video channel that is operating in russia called current time and also radio free europe slash radio liberty dow here's something important in order for these news outlets to become foreign agents in this country russia's old legislation requires amendments and currently the m.p.'s are sorting this out we also heard from the vice for the duma he says that according to the drafted amendment news
agencies will not be touched but if a news organization is not a news agency but it's from any other country not only the u.s. or if it gets funding from abroad it may find itself on the list of foreign agents in russia and you have to try and go there well just to remind you the pressure on our team began after u.s. intelligence claimed or china was an instrument for meddling. manipulation in american back in september the justice department then demanded we register as a foreign agent social media then began blocking around birds on google you tube twitter they did that ahead of testimony in congress despite having no problem with r.t. prior to that unless that we have spoken to believe the measures against r.t. america amount to a deflection tactic. on willingness to acknowledge domestic problems well let's say look further into this on bring in ken livingstone in the former mayor of london ken welcome to the program your thoughts on why r.t.
is facing such on precedented pressure from the u.s. government being forced to register as a foreign agent well i think the problem is. news that is true that american governments don't want people to hear me every evening i read it backwards and forwards between the b.b.c. and the sky and every television channel we have some sort of reflection of the national interest i should have to go but if i think back to what i saw on american television in the nineteenth sixty's and seventy's about the vietnam war it was an appalling level of bias in all of that and what i found very helpful about. he is telling us much more about what's happening in the wall in the yemen the new ever see on western televisions because western governments are trying to suppress the news of what saudi arabia is doing do you think the question needs to be asked is
there a concerted effort to push our t. art of the us all together because i'll just remind our viewers can you know artie's been removed from you choose premium package in the us it's been blocked from advertising on twitter a lot of little snippets on this on know this is happening. well i think. america feels it is in decline it see russia china growing enormously strong and so on and i think there's a more more of a temper over the years to come to try and suppress what the american people get here because if american people could see the truth about a lot of what's happening around the world they would be questioning what their government is doing behind all of that and so on i mean i've watched american interventions overthrow democratically elected governments in latin america africa and asia all my life and in each time we're told no these were communistic to ships and near criminal conspiracies and so on and i think therefore america now feeling
more vulnerable no longer being the global superpower standing massively alone is going to try and suppress what the american people get here russia says that it's not going to sit on its hands while this is happening and that retaliation will come what measures the thing. will take a what would be suppose reasonable response in your view we heard the foreign minister of russia sergei lavrov saying it will be swift and strong well basically i would laugh it off i suspect the result of this is going to be more people now finding out on here what's on our t.v. i mean there be people out there have never existed now that want to know what run from it what's going on i would be a total surprise to find foreign listeners avanti will be more in a few weeks' time than they are now you think in the international scene that this is going to lead to difficulties too because relations have not been the greatest between russia and the u.s.
will it further damage bilateral relations. well i think you had this sort of attempt to demonize. regime we're told endless lies about what happened in ukraine and crimea and so on i i almost never find anywhere in the western media the truth about. what happened in ukraine and happened in crimea and what the origins and the past of all that are i mean basically to understand today's politics you really have to understand some history as well broadly what you get on american television is and it just is almost i had rather than a serious historical analysis is there an issue that then with press freedom in the us but what is happening to r.t. and perhaps that what could happen further down the line if this is a priest event that is said. i think the idea that there is a free press is nonsense any in here in britain and certainly in america so many of
the newspapers are owned by billionaires who don't pay their taxes locally law into their money off shore or eight they're not really representing the american people they're just making a lot of money themselves so i'm very dubious about what i read most newspapers quite frankly and i mean i just think myself i mean when i when i was questioning the british government's policy on permissions sacca about what they were doing in northern ireland the b.b.c. was told that i shouldn't be on the television for about eighteen months i wasn't interviewed at all the eyes were one of the leading critics of what the british government was doing in northern ireland and so the idea of we have a free press and we had our russia doesn't know there's no great deal of difference but what's this do to people can i suppose who are thinking. you know i come on the program i speak i tell i have my say and now i'm being hushed or i will be a large on the channel because we know that the committee to protect journalists
has criticised the measure do you think can we expect to see other media perhaps even rights groups politicians speak out about this i will go back to reiterate if it happens to r t who does it help into next. yeah and that's the real danger i mean what it might be worth looking at is getting your lawyers to see whether this is a challengable thing in call because i think if you could challenge it in court and have an open debate about what was behind it all in access i mean the conversations that been going on amongst the people who took this decision i think that could be very revealing so it can be challenged legally challenge legally if not just sat on there and carry on telling the truth that you believe. two similar scenarios that you've seen in the past in other places in the world can that maybe you are following how might this actually affect journalists trying to work for r t in the u.s. trying to do investigations trying to get the story is it going to be difficult for
them. where it's going to get be more difficult they'll be more politicians don't want to be interviewed by the most would withhold information and so on but just keep fighting a y n d the truth letting us know the things that have been hidden from us for so long i mean i grew up in that post war world where we were told we were under threat from you know soviet invasion and global war now while all the documents have been revealed no the whole cold war was being planned by the united states of america in the early one nine hundred forty s. thank you very much this hour hope to speak to you again soon ken livingstone former mayor of london is a british teacher is in trouble for saying well done to his pupils we've got the details and reaction to that story in the bottom ninety seconds.
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room six. minutes past five pm this choose the evening here in moscow welcome back people in yemen have lived in this capital streets in protest against the saudi led blockade of the country some background to this last week riyadh introduced a full blockade yemen closing all access by. the saudi led coalition and the civil war back in twenty fifteen supporting the government against hooty rebels its blockades have left millions starving and has led to what's been called the deadliest outbreak of cholera in recent history however after pressure from the united nations and human rights groups the saudis claimed on monday about they
would roll back the blockade to a partial one again however human rights watch say that claim is a form of quote cruel fiction explaining that the ports will reopen are not enough to provide essential supplies like food and medicine so the rabia says that it will continue with the partial blockade on till it's convinced there is no flow of weapons from iran going to rebels the civil war in yemen is seen by middle east analysts as a proxy war between saudi arabia and iran jaclyn it looks at whether the current cold war between the region's most powerful countries could lead to full scale conflict. the rivalry between middle east powerhouses saudi arabia and iran is nothing new yet it's becoming ever more tense with fears growing of a full blown war a missile launched by yemeni rebels directed at riyadh earlier this month has already got the saudis talking about direct aggression and war the coalition's
commom considers this a blatant active military aggression by the iranian regime and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the kingdom of saudi arabia jordan you know the mites in position of the public people more powerful than you have been able to do anything against the iranian people you are not strong enough to do that where we look in the region conflicts can often be boiled down to saudi arabia and iran countering each other by proxy the saudi military campaign against the who is the rebels in yemen backed by iran saudi backing of sunni rebel groups in syria while iran's supports the assad government both of those conflicts are exactly panning out well for saudi arabia so how would they fare in a direct conflict with iran let's break it down. looking at a global military strength rating the two countries aren't far apart on the list with iran at twenty first and saudi arabia taking the twenty fourth position. and all riyadh's aviation outstrips tehran's iran wins out when it comes to tanks
and naval assets by a long run. it's probably no surprise that the saudi kingdom has a massive defense budget coming in at over fifty six billion dorf in the islamic republic's six billion and change. but when it comes to male power iran has significantly more citizens fit for service and the event of war you have a very rash ruler in saudi arabia talking about the prince. you know he's just about ready to do. it so if you look at what happened with the lebanese prime minister it was basically forced to resign. that gives you just an indicator of the how far will have been some man is willing to go but i personally would be very very surprised that if saudi arabia lost the war on iraq i would completely rule out iran launching a war on saudi arabia if study arabia had. guarantees or chance of
winning i think it would go ahead with the war but i think saudi arabia believes it doesn't have a chance of winning and winning a war against iran the rhetoric might be at a boiling point at the moment but there's still no sign either side is ready for open conflict. now a british school teacher has been suspended after praising his students just for sutcliffe congratulated his math class by saying well don girls but that upset one pupil who identifies as meal the teacher insists he apologized immediately and say's it was an accident. the student in question. came in did very well and then i said rather than girls started really well and i was met with a fierce rebuttal. and i sincerely apologize. i then found out six weeks later that i was going to be under investigation for
a mis gendering within the community and initially for one day that transpired to be two days and then three days and then it's now been six days where i've been sat in a in an office not being able to teach my math lessons joshua also told us that he believes he's being singled died by the school over his religious beliefs i think i've been bullied really for you know for who i am within the school setting up a bible club and then it being shut down with an iron fist really having so many people coming along to the bible club and being interested in the bible i feel like i've been discriminated against within the community and i think that's a trend. nationwide is that christians are able to. live out their faith in a professional setting well into that is a big talking point in britain right now as to whether the school is highlighting
a sensitive issue that needs careful handling or is overreacting this particular teacher accidentally missed. by calling a trans boy pupil a girl it was not intentional he hadn't meant to cause a phone it's so i think that his suspension is disproportionate i think that the school should obviously point out to him that he made a mistake which of course he doesn't recognise and then get his assurance that it won't happen again i think that is the end of the matter stupid he called the girls girls. because he thought it was a class of girls made an honest mistake and apologized that should have been the end of the matter this whole transgender agenda he's getting much much too much influence in the british media and embrace society there are very small minority i feel sorry for anyone who thinks they are trapped in the wrong body they should be
treated with respect and tolerance but where is the tolerance for this man he's a christian but of course you're not allowed to be a christian anymore are you in modern britain say that he's done anything wrong actual and the majority of people in the u.k. i'm sure will agree with me. the venue for next year's football world cup final has finished its make over for the biggest showpiece event in sports the grand reopening of the luzhniki stadium in moscow welcomed argentina to russia for a friendly match or over the weekend it finished up one nil to the south americans after a striker sergio. a late goal with intensification building fast for the tournament r.t.e. spoke exclusively to the president of the argentine football association claudio to get his impressions about moscow on the twenty fifth world cup.
can we i think when moscow is prepared it's a beautiful city in many ways very safe but the most important thing is that you feel the hospitality with which it is ready to host the world cup i'm other important thing is that it's very calm out here despite all the refer to create better infrastructure for the tournament. for us it was an honor to be the first national team to play at the reopening of such a symbolic stadium we were very excited about this undoubtedly it is one of the best stadiums there is i've been traveling a lot of seen a lot and i was always amazed by how modern and well constructed stadiums are but this is one of the best. it happens because of the important role that russia plays on the international stage today i think that this is the reason russia has been criticized we have competed in many world cups sometimes playing on american football pitches there were cases when the stadiums
were painted right before the game but here seven to eight months prior to the championship and we see that everything is ready for the world cup you can see that the work began as soon as they announced it was hosting the event is the first thing you notice. a little. bit has already started in the lead up to the world cup after the draw when everyone learns in which city the national team will be playing everything here as well as in the other countries taking part will change. after the teams arrive the atmosphere will get more intense but when they will start playing everything will be completely different. every city will be filled with fans with plenty of emotion the world cup is something special there are people who attend every tournament to support their teams and enjoy the moment soon we will be able to feel that. and a clock is ticking down is going to be quite the tournament that is all the news
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presuming that africa is going to be a powerhouse i think it's going to be the twenty first century winner in the crypto world because they're already in the mobile phone they're already exchanging and dealing on the current system already light years ahead of america europe india africa baby that's one thing about moving to africa i want to be part of the revolution in africa. and when the francis is very bust broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. coming up it's an entire show dedicated to china the chinese president xi jinping cemented his hold on power the communist party's nineteenth congress we take a look at his economic philosophy which is now enshrined in the constitution and
his one belt one road trade initiative and who was involved in the belgian road system we show you the latest countries to join the network of roads bridges ports and rail line snaking through more than seventy nations and what does this mean to the rest of the world my guest former u.s. trade commissioner barg health and joins me to discuss the worldwide impact of such a grandiose enterprise that by. start writing. literally. if they want to first century silk road and if china can pull it off it will prove even more lucrative the belton road initiative will create arterials of trade snape .