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we are busy with translation: we are busy with agriculture here. to create good conditions for people ‘s lives. and you talk to me about some tragedies? first work out what actually happened there and then we will talk about it. tonight russia described theresa may's common statement as a circus show. it is good to dismissed accusations against moscow by an accusations against moscow by an accusation political campaign based on provocation. a fairytale. the rhetoric was blunt and it has continued since, president putin to the surprise of no one was last sunday. tonight, by re-elected last sunday. tonight, by the kremlin, vladimir putin thanked his people. for re—electing him, their president. translation: we are destined to succeed, he said. russia! russia! russia, they chanted. but in vladimir putin's fourth term, are russia and the west
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destined for a cold war? steve rosenberg reporting a game there and we will be talking to him in a moment. before that, some of your thoughts on the bbc‘s coverage of russia. one twitter user posted this: jack liggett was concerned about how bbc news has covered russian reactions to the accusations of its involvement in the salisbury poisoning. well, steve rosenberg joins me now
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on the line from moscow. steve, and you give us the kremlin‘s side of the story as we heard an e—mail from viewers fear it gives them had ability. how do you answer that? well, i consider myjob as the bbc‘s moscow correspondent to tell viewers in britain and around the world what moscow is thinking. this is a very confusing story and i think it is important to listen to what the russians are saying. they have a range of arguments. and i think then i have to use my experience of living and working in russia and i have been here the 23 years, not with the bbc all that time, but to use my experience to examine what the russians are saying and to try to cut through all of that and give a interpretation, opinion about what is going on here. as i say it is a
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confused story but i think it is important to present the russian perfect evolve it. we saw you on the campaign trail asking quite a tough question vladimir putin. was it difficult, even scary, to do?” would say it was a scary decision, it was quite a challenging thing to do because normally question and a nswer do because normally question and answer sessions with president putin are heavily controlled. we were covering him on the campaign trail, we found ourselves in a position physically but we were able to pop the question to him and it was the question that really everyone wanted to ask at the moment, journalistically i think it was the right thing to do and the thing about vladimir putin, whether you like him or hate him, would have you think of him, you know, he has no trouble answering questions. as you mentioned, you have been in russia the 23 years. one wonders how hard it is to report their now and how it co m pa res to it is to report their now and how it compares to reporting from there in
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the past. i think one thing that we can't always get into a short two minutes news reports but i think it is important to say is that if you go outside the bureau here, moscow seems like a normal european city. we don't get the feeling that we are being followed by people in long raincoats with hats and we are being watched constantly. so in that sense, we don't sort of feel greater pressure now. having said that, we have been harassed while covering controversial stories, sensitive stories, and this didn't happen, say, ten years ago. one does wonder how much real political opposition there is in russia, including from ordinary citizens. it is an interesting question. i mean vladimir putin hasjust interesting question. i mean vladimir putin has just been re—elected with a landslide victory and it is clear that although this was not a level playing field, this election, and only those candidates
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who posed no serious challenge to vladimir putin were allowed to take part, many russians to support vladimir putin, because they really like he is sort of muscle flexing, his strong—arm tactics, his anti—western rhetoric, but there are other people who support him because they fear change. many russians fear change. don't want life to get worse thanit change. don't want life to get worse than it is now and they fear that ticking the new president. you talked about being on the campaign trail to this election. how did it compare to covering the western election? well, it is not like a western election. as i said before, only those candidates who didn't threaten vladimir putin were allowed to ta ke threaten vladimir putin were allowed to take part. russia's most prominent opposition figure, alexei navalny, he was barred from taking pa rt navalny, he was barred from taking part in the election. and then you look at the amount of airtime that was given to president putin on russian television ahead of the election, he had far more airtime
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that all of the other candidates put together and all of the coverage of vladimir putin was very positive. so, you know, in that sense, no, this is not like a western election. the russian authorities have been particularly critical of the british media. do you worry about your safety at all? i have worried up till this point. as i say, walking around moscow right now, it feels pretty normal. you go into the coffeeshop, you get happy smiley serving you. and although i have noticed more anti— british sentiment on russian television, for example, i saw on russian television, for example, isawa on russian television, for example, i saw a report the other day where the reporter claimed that over the last few centuries, britain has had it infor last few centuries, britain has had it in for russia and they listed all the things over the last few hundred yea rs the things over the last few hundred years that britain has done to russia, we have seen that. but from the public eye have not noticed really a ny the public eye have not noticed really any rise in anti— british sentiment. and also, russian
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government officials are still talking to the bbc. we get comments from the foreign ministry, from the parliament, so, which is important because as i say it is important to us because as i say it is important to us to be able to listen to what russia's argument is and then conclude that in our pieces. steve rosenberg, thank you. thanks. well, one aspect of the ratcheting up well, one aspect of the ratcheting up of tension between the uk and russia this week was reported on wednesday's news at ten. it began like this. tonight at ten, and other plunging relations between britain and russia is borisjohnson compares president putin to adolf hitler. during the day as inspectors continue their investigation in the salisbury area, the foreign secretary suggested that russia would use the forthcoming world cup like adolf hitler had used the olympics in 1936. what is going to happen in moscow in the world cup
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and all of the venues, yes, i think that the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. what was not spelt out though, it was made clear lead in the programme, was the boris johnson had not suggested that analogy of his own accord that merely agreed with the comparison proposed to him by the labour mp ian austin. the russia responded with outrage, the distinction seemed an important one to several viewers, including graham reynes, who wrote: and if that caused a stir among viewers, it was nothing compared to the ongoing row about last thursday's newsnight item onjeremy corbyn‘s attitude to russia. we mentioned last week's programme complaints but the graphics used in
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a report and subsequent studio discussion portrayed the labour leader as a kremlin stooge with a russian style huts that some thought had been digitally altered. since then the bbc has received thousands more complaints from those adding their voices to the objection which has spawned its own hashtag, at gate. the bbc put out a statement. but many people remained unsatisfied by the explanation. stan burn tweeted: and another tweet described this as:
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thank you for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs or even appear on the programme, you can call us or e—mail us. programme, you can call us or e—mail us. you can find us on twitter and do have a look at our website. we are off the air over easter next weekend but we will be back to hear more of your thoughts about bbc news coverage again in a four night. goodbye. —— for tonight. hello there. this weekend is looking better than last weekend. certainly much warmer and on sunday, we should see good spells of sunshine. a bit cloudy on saturday, and the reason for the cloud through saturday is because of this feature — this deep area of low pressure running into the south of the uk. further north, though, it should be clearer
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and as a result, it's going to be a colder start to saturday. the cloud will be thick enough, outbreaks of rain across england and wales. the odd heavier bursts across wales, central southern parts of england with quite a breeze blowing there for cornwall and devon. so where we have the cloud to start saturday morning, it should be milder — 5—7 degrees, but cold. scotland, northern ireland with clear skies and a touch of frost. so for the weekend, then, we should see some good spells of sunshine, especially on sunday. there will be some showers around and temperatures will be around the seasonal average. so this is the picture then through saturday morning. a grey start for england and wales as that area of low pressure continues to move south—eastwards. for scotland and northern ireland, though, you will have the best of the sunshine. a few showers pushing into the north—west of scotland. these will be wintry over the high ground and the cloud will be thick enough crossing wales for the odd spot of light rain or drizzle, and some mist and murk, too. temperature—wise, 9—11 celsius across the south. during saturday night as that area of low pressure starts to pull away, it will take the cloud with it, too. it'll become confined to the south—east corner of england.
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so here where we have the cloud, by the end of the night, it should still be fairly mild — temperatures above freezing, certainly. elsewhere, it's going to be a chilly night with a touch of frost around. we start sunday, then, on a really chilly note for many. a touch of frost around but bright, crisp sunshine across many central and northern areas. eventually, the cloud will clear away from east anglia and the south—east, so the sunshine will make an appearance here later in the morning and into the afternoon. so a better—looking day across the board. again, a few showers for the north and the west of scotland, these will be wintry over the hills. but with more sunshine around, and light winds, too, temperatures a bit higher there — 12 or 13 celsius. now, a ridge of high pressure which brings the fine weather on sunday moves away eastwards, and then we look at this feature running in off the atlantic into western areas. it will bring stronger winds, too, as the day wears on. monday starts off again cold but bright. plenty of sunshine. central and eastern areas stay dry all day but then the cloud begins to increase and outbreaks of rain pushing to northern ireland and into western parts of britain,
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along with the strengthening breeze as well. some rain could be quite heavy. temperature—wise, again, nine to 11 or 12 degrees celsius. again, fairly mild where we have some sunshine. things are set to change as we move deep on into the week. colder air moves down from the north and the run—up to easter looks like we could see a little bit of sleet and snow. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: the french president describes a police officer who swapped himself for a hostage during a supermarket siege as a hero. british officials search the london headquarters of the firm at the centre of the privacy row involving facebook data. the head of porton down military research centre dismisses russian suggestions it might have leaked the salisbury nerve agent. bump stocks — the devices that turn semiautomatic rifles into machine—guns — are to be banned in the us. and prince harry and his fiancee meghan markle head for a pub lunch
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