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ws" live from berlin. a tough day of talks in moscow. u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson says relations with russia are at a low point. he says that trust is hard to find. both sides have agreed to try to find a peaceful solution for syria, but tonight, russia has just vetoed a united nations security resolution that calls for an investigation into the chemical weapons attacks. also coming up -- after the dortmund team bus attack, that
postponed the match against monaco, and president zuma's 75th birthday, but he is not invited to this party. south africa's opposition pushes to get rid of the controversial president. and germans in a photographer michael ball house known for his contribution to hollywood movies has died at the age of 81. we will take a look at his life and his work. -- german cinematographer michael ballhaus. i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. after a day of talks in moscow, u.s. secretary of state rex
tillerson in moscow said u.s.-russia relations are at a low point, marked by what he says is a severe lack of trust. his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov, could not offer much encouragement, either, saying only that some progress has been made on syria and that a working group will be set up to examine the poor state of u.s.-russia talks. he said moscow and washington have agreed to continue cooperating to try to find a political solution for syria. >> what a difference a week makes. once considered a friend of russia, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson now finds himself in a tense situation following u.s. airstrikes in syria, but he held his ground. >> clearly, our view is that the reign of the assad family is coming to an end. they have, again, brought this on themselves with their conduct over these past few years.
we discussed our view that russia, as their closest ally in the conflict, perhaps has the best means of helping assad recognize this reality. >> moscow may not be so quick to turn on a regime is strongly supports. lavrov says whatever comes next is up to the syrians themselves. >> as our president has stated on many occasions, we are not trying to push our views on anyone. we want them to sit at one negotiating table. this has to be a dialogue. the future of syria has to be determined by the syrians
themselves. >> these responses came after hours of talks. lavrov reiterated the need for a clear stance from the trump administration. pressure reassured moscow that it was a one-off move. though there are other topics of contention like north korea and allegations of russian interference in the u.s. election, it is the syrian issue that is at the center of this very fragile relationship. brett: we want to bring in our correspondents now. i want to start with you and ask about the response to what we have seen in the last hour, and that is russia vetoing that
united nations security council resolution that would have required syria to cooperate with investigation into last week's suspected chemical weapons attack. has there been any word from the kremlin about their decision to use their veto right? emily: there's been reports from the russian media that this would happen, but i think this is a big surprise, actually, that russia vetoed this resolution. the resolution condemned the chemical weapons attack and asked that the syrian government cooperate with investigations on this chemical weapons attack. that is basically assuming that the government did carry out the weapons attack, which russia has been denying, so it's no surprise that they continue to deny that on that they are vetoing this resolution. brett: what about the view from washington now?
this is just more paralysis, isn't it? mya: it is definitely seen, as you say, as a low point in the relationship and does not appear to have improved things. what we did see is that they are at least talking to each other, which is certainly some sort of progress, but i don't think we are looking at any sort of continuing of the bromance that was promised between trump and clinton. brett: how will things move forward now? we have been talking about almost a new ice age, at least a chilling in relations between the u.s. and russia. it has not been this bad in quite a while, hasn't?
>> well, it is certainly not great, especially considering this bromance that mya mentioned. the level of trust with the obama administration was much higher than with the trump administration, so pretty harsh words, but the message that was brought across -- i came across today was one of really emphasizing communication, keeping dialogue open, bridging differences, so we will see what happens. the interesting fact is this week, there will be a meeting toward the end of the week between the russian foreign minister, and the iranian or in minister, so that is kind of defying the ultimatum that tillerson that between deciding between russian allies and the west, so we will see if that worsens the tensions. brett: all right, our
correspondent in moscow and in the u.s. in washington. thank you very much. were going to go now to washington, d.c. u.s. president donald trump has welcomed the nato secretary-general to the white house. there's a press conference going on. we're going to listen to that life. trump: the fight against terrorism -- i complained about that a long time ago, and they made a change. now they do fight terrorism. i said it was obsolete. it is no longer obsolete. it is my hope that nation will take on an increased role in supporting our iraqi partners in their battle against isis. i'm also sending general mcmaster to afghanistan to find out how we can make progress alongside our afghan partners and nato allies.
every generation has strived to adopt the nato alliance to meet the challenges of their times, and on my visit to brussels this spring, which i look very much forward to, we will work together to do the same. we must not be trapped by the tired thinking that so many have that would apply new solutions to face new circumstances, and that is all throughout the world . we are not here to stand on ceremony but to develop real strategies to develop safety, security, and peace. we are here to protect the freedom and prosperity of our citizens and to give them the future they richly deserve. secretary-general, i'm honored to have you here today and to reaffirm our commitment to this alliance, and to the enduring values that we proudly -- and i
mean very proudly -- share. thank you very much. thank you for being here. >> thank you so much, sir, mr. president. we just had an excellent and very productive meeting. it is an honor to meet you for the first time in the white house. we agree that nato is a bedrock of security for europe and for the united states. two world wars and a cold war have taught us all that peace in europe is not only important for europeans but is also important for the prosperity and security of north america, so a strong nato is good for europe, but it is also good for the united states. therefore, i welcome the very strong commitment of the united states to the security of europe
. we see this commitment not only in words but also in deeds. over the past months, thousands of u.s. troops have then deploying to europe, a clear demonstration that america stands with allies to protect peace and defend our freedom. yesterday, you announced the completion of the ratification of montenegrin's membership with the nato, another expression of your strong commitment to europe and the transatlantic both, and we thank you for that. in a more dangerous and more unpredictable world, it is important to have friends and allies. in nato, america has the best friends and the best allies in the world. together, we represent half of the world's economic and military power. no other superpower has ever had
such a strategic advantage. this makes the united states stronger and safer. we saw that after the 9/11 attacks of the united states. that was the first time nato invoked the collective defense clause. allies sent surveillance plans to help control of skies, and we launched nato's biggest military operation ever in afghanistan. hundreds of thousands of europeans and canadians soldiers have served shoulder to shoulder with american troops. more than 1000 have paid the ultimate price. earlier today, i laid a wreath at arlington national cemetery in tribute to the fallen.
it was a deeply moving experience. we own it to our servicemen and women to preserve the hard-won gains we have made together in afghanistan. we were reminded of their sacrifice just this week when a u.s. soldier was killed there fighting isil. our mission in afghanistan is a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism. nato plays a key role in many other ways. all nato allies are part of the global coalition to counter isil, and nato provides direct support to the coalition, retraining for iraqi forces in their fight against terrorists and more intelligence sharing. you are right we have established a vision which
enhances our ability to fight terrorism, but we agree today, you and i, that nato can and must do more in the global fight against terrorism. in the fight against terrorism, training local forces is one of the best weapons we have. nato has the experience, the expertise, and the staying power to make a real difference, and fighting terror will be an important topic when nato leaders meet in brussels in may. the other major topic will be fair burden sharing in our alliance. we had a thorough discussion on this issue today. mr. president, i thank you for
your attention to this issue. we're already seeing the effect of your strong orders on the importance of burden sharing. we agree that allies need to redouble their efforts to meet the pitch we all made in 2014 to invest more in our alliance. it is about spending more on defense. it is about delivering the capabilities we need, and it is about contributing forces to nato missions and operations. this means cash capabilities and clear contributions. fair burden sharing has been my top priority since taking office . we have now turned a corner. in 2016, for the first time in many years, we saw an increase in defense spending across european and canada.
a real increase of 3.8% or $10 billion more for our defense. we are now working to keep up the momentum, including by developing national plans to make good on what we agreed in 2014. we know we all need to continue our fair share because we need to keep our nation's safe in a more dangerous world. we discussed many different topics during our meeting today including the reckless use of chemical weapons in syria. any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, cannot go unanswered, and those responsible must be held accountable. so, mr. president, thank you once again. i look forward to working with you to keeping the alliance
strong, and i look forward to welcoming you to brussels in may when the alliance meets there to address the challenges and the need to adapt the alliance to a more challenging security environment. brett: you've been watching a press conference at the white house between the secretary general of nato and the u.s. president. both emphasizing the strong bond between america and europe via nato, and we and hearing several things that u.s. president trump would like to hear. fair burden sharing in 2016. we had the secretary-general say we have turned a corner. he said we are spending more in europe for our own defense, and of course, a message to syria that those responsible for using chemical weapons will be held accountable. staying with syria, russia has vetoed a u.n. resolution which condemned the deadly toxic gas
attack in syria last week. the resolution demanded syria cooperate in the investigation into the attack which the u.s. and its allies believed was carried out by president bashar al-assad and his government. it is the eighth time russia has vetoed a resolution critical of the assad government. less than 24 hours after the suspected terrorist attack on their team bus, dortmund's soccer club took to the field tonight for their rescheduled champions league game. they lost 3-2 at home. before kickoff, fans show their solidarity with a player whose arm was badly injured in the blast. they proved to be a difficult game for dortmund and their supporters. soon went ahead thanks to a
clearly offside goal. they extended their lead before being pegged back. dortmund showed immense fight but came up short. all rights, let's cross now to our sports reporter. good evening to you. what a difference 24 hours makes. last night, we were in the studio talking about breaking news, the explosions. tonight, we are talking about that postponed game. what has it been like so far? >> it was interesting. when i first got here, the monaco fans were in a very good mood, singing and dancing. when i spoke to fans before the game, some were nervous but most were happy to be here. regardless of what happened yesterday, they wanted the show to go on. about an hour ago, the police blocked off the stadium because
they found an unidentified object. we have since found out that it was a hoax. they have since reopened the street. when that happened, i spoke to some people after the game, and they said when that was announced, they got a bit worried, but same as yesterday, stiff upper lip, they walked out of there and enjoyed the evening. they are not going to be stopped by a terrorist act. brett: have you had a chance to talk with fans this evening? the tension there, was it palpable? >> it was indeed. you could definitely tell that people were very nervous. i have been to dortmund games before. it was definitely a different kind of atmosphere around the game, and that had a lot to do with the fact that there's lots of police around. you and i were talking about this yesterday, that they had increased the police presence as well, far more police vans,
police cars, police standing at every entrance. usually when the police walk around, they have normal bullet proof vest on, but this time, they are up to above their neck and walking around with weapons you do not normally see. having police in that sort of a tire i think makes fans nervous because they know something could possibly happen. aside from that, they are in relatively good spirits and enjoyed their evening. brett: with dortmund having lost, will there be an outcry that the game should not have then rescheduled so soon? that was also something people were talking about even last night. >> before the game, i was hoping that dortmund players would be able to forget what was happening when they got onto the pitch and pay attention to the match at hand, but in this case, they did not. i think it was too much to ask of them, and that was probably
why they lost. brett: thank you very much, nick. all rights, time to take to the -- well, the friendly skies. at least that's what they say. u.s. carrier united airlines is trying to convince that it does care about its passengers, and it's not having much luck, is it ? >> know, after we saw those terrible images of a passenger being forcibly removed from a united airlines flight, people still understandably upset. the ceo of the company has finally apologized properly, but passengers and investors are not buying it. literally. the airline has lost tens of millions of dollars in value and could now face charges in court. >> and airline's reputation in tatters. protesters of the united -- protesters at the united airlines terminal at chicago o'hare airport accuse them of discrimination against
asian-americans. the footage has been seen around the world. the force involved sparked fierce criticism of united. >> i feel angry as a vietnamese. i do not understanding why a -- i do not understand why a person taking a flight got beaten up like that. >> i'm serious. any airline, even a cheap one, cannot ask such a way towards a paying customer. >> i think this kind of behavior is not ok at all. >> despite the uproar, some experts maintain the airline acted lawfully. >> the passenger did not have the right to stay on the airplane. airlines have the right to bump people with compensation. the captain's word goes. you have to respond to that. >> lawful or not, the damage has
been done. united stock has taken a hit. the accusation of racism against asian-americans could be especially damaging. united makes one to five flights and serves more chinese than any other carrier. in the area desolate area of social media, there's little chance of a debacle like this disappearing into thin air. but: let's bring in our financial correspondent in new york for more on the story. good to see you. yesterday, we saw a mayday of the united airlines stock. could it recover from these losses? >> it did recover a little, and let me bring in a few numbers. monday, the stock was at $72 a share. tuesday, after the unfortunate statement, it fell to around $67.
of course, some investors were probably looking for a bargain. united airlines is really trying to make it up now after apologizing to the passenger, now saying that every passenger who was on that particular plane is going to be reimbursed. rhett -- brett: we will see how that goes. walmart, the u.s. retailer, has announced a further job cuts. it is a company that is actually used to a lot of success. what is going on there? >> walmart keeps cutting costs, earlier this year. now hundreds of additional jobs are headed for the topic -- the chopping block. walmart needs to focus now on combating amazon, so on wednesday, they started offering
discounts for online orders. brett: thank you very much. that is all from the business desk. thank you very much. news just coming in. one of filmmaking's greats, german sent a photographer michael ballhaus has died at the age of 81. he passed away in his apartment here in berlin. the three-time oscar nominee was known for his work on films such as "the fabulous baker boys" and "gangs of new york." he had a major impact on both german and u.s. filmmaking. he was awarded an honorary golden bear for lifetime achievement at the berlin our film festival. and here's a reminder of the top stories we are following for you -- after a tough day of talks in
moscow, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson has said that u.s. russian relations are at a one, marked by a low level of trust. on syria, both sides have agreed to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict and to combat last week's chemical weapons attack. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. stick around for that. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]