ten o'clock from moscow the british news media goes into overdrive speculating on kremlin involvement in the suspected poisoning of a former russian double agent in the u.k. and despite hard facts nonetheless the government's already threatening retaliation . those suspicions proved to be well for the disco who will take whatever measures we deem necessary to protect the lives of the people of this country on drug use and. another developing story tonight the u.s. calls to hold ground operations in eastern syria after its kurdish militia partners head to the north of the country to repel an incursion by washington's nato ally turkey. big day on the calendar one hundred days to kick off party's top world cup team guides you through some of the host cities making final preparations for
russia twenty eight. new staff are coming up my name is kevin zero in function watching r t international first than two people remain critically ill in hospital in the united kingdom tonight after being exposed to an identified substance they are a former russian colonel who'd been convicted of spying for britain along with his daughter as well surrogate script used to serve in the russian military's intelligence service back in two thousand and six this is the twist he passed the identities of russian secret agents in europe to the u.k. now in russia he was subsequently caught and sentenced to thirteen years in prison but another twist in twenty ten he was released as part of a high profile spy swap with the u.s. and then flown to britain he set up home in salzburg. cvs the russian embassy in
the u.k. is contacted the british foreign office now requesting more information tonight about the incident involving surrogate's cripple and his daughter moscow's representatives in london say they're extremely concerned about the way it's been covered in the media thus far but the lack of clarity concerning what exactly happened does not stop even the u.k.'s foreign secretary from making some pretty hawkish remarks as polly boyd here reports next. well just goes to show how these stories can snowball now the foreign secretary boris johnson has had to answer an urgent question in the house of commons about the government's stance on gay script file and boris johnson did say that it's not clear what happened and this is still an active investigation however if it's linked back to russia the kremlin is going to have to pay the sixty six year old man. and use thirty three year old daughter. were found unconscious outside the move team's shopping center on sunday afternoon
and while it would be wrong to prejudge the investigation i can reassure the house that should evidence emerged that implies state responsibility then the majesty's government will respond appropriately and robustly well it is remarkable how this story has developed over the past few hours the media took the few facts that we had on this story from the police and it's now splashed everywhere security experts speculating on every angle of how surrogate script how his daughter may have come to be sick on that park bench in seoul's very there's not much new wants to the analysis it's got to be said despite this being an active investigation we've already got politicians waving their faced saying that russia can't turn the u.k. into its own personal killing fields and on the other hand it's not surprising that this story is causing the for rory that it is it's got all the hallmarks of a spy thriller script hall was
a double agent convicted in russia for selling secrets to britain swapped in two thousand and ten in that very famous spy swap for among all others on the chapman that so-called fend for tell from russia who was on mosque in the us and it's all been conflated here with the case of alexander litvinenko the other former. spy who was poisoned by drinking radioactive tea back in two thousand and six of course script file it's being speculated may have been poisoned by eating some pizza in a pizza place in souls very living in caves widow maria has been giving interviews talking about how russians in exile here in the u.k. need to be better protected that they might not feel safe air and suggestions also in the papers a big headlines about putin never having forgiven script for what he did and that.
may have feared for his life in recent weeks after the death of his wife and his son both ostensibly in car crashes take a listen to how the media is covering this sounds really familiar russia under suspicion of planning and executing an attack two thousand miles away britain similarities will be drawn with that case which an inquest found led directly to the kremlin the question here is dealing with some sort of sophisticated plot. was poisoned it will move really do questions about kremlin involvement given that russian defector alexander litvinenko was murdered in two thousand and six using really want to polonium well amongst all this there are still a few voices caution among them the former british ambassador to moscow also some commentators hesitantly adding that perhaps the kremlin wouldn't be so keen to murder someone who they themselves said given away many years ago and all this on
the eve of a big presidential election. british police chiefs have also confirmed that quote due to the unusual circumstances the counterterrorism network will be leading the investigation here local authorities to the city of salzburg meantime say several officers needed medical help after having worked at the scene where the two were found it's reported that sources in the u.k. emergency service had first suspected the could have been exposed to a powerful prescription painkiller a synthetic drug called fountain l. that's strong stuff it's fifty to one hundred times stronger than morphine has a similar effect on the body they're still not sure talk about that drug their overdoses from the drug caused at least sixty deaths in the u.k. into the seventy's ever more prevalent there on the streets that aside commentators we've spoken to say they do not believe that russia was involved i always ask myself in the circumstances ward russia be stupid enough to
carry out such an act two weeks before the russian presidential election and exactly one hundred days before the world cup in russia after all russia if it wanted to could have killed this man at any time obviously the shadows and the resonance in so many people's minds are going to be from the alexander litvinenko case because that dominated the british had lines for so long and it seems at least superficially that there are parallels here at least in the the russian intelligence angle. the following that story r.t. dot com tonight next now the big story brewing america's kurdish allies in syria have announced that they're sending seventeen hundred troops now to the country's north to repel a turkish military offensive there the fighters up till now i've been assisting u.s. led anti eisel coalitions in the east which according to the pentagon is now having
to halt operations because of this new departure. some fighters operating within the s.d.s. have decided to leave a prey sions in the middle east river valley to fight elsewhere possibly an african they're not fighting isis anymore and that basically meant that the not taken territory back from isis is quickly as they had been in the past kurds the white b.g. america's most reliable partner in syria have upped and left they've abandoned the isis mission for now and they've gone off to make war with america's anti isis coalition member partner and nato partner turkey and these is you know this isn't the friendliest coalition in the world but that's besides the point you know you've got the. distraction of what's going on right now from right now it distracts from international effort to ensure the lasting defeat of isis what is going on in a free and is taking away from the fight against isis it is
a distraction as secretary mabus had called it is certainly not helpful. so while the u.s. anti isis coalition turns on each other bushies each other and cannibalizes each other the mission the operation against isis says stop the kurds have upped and left they've gone to do their own thing and the guys that the united states still has on the ground its partners are either too few or incapable of finishing off isis they have a little bit little tiny enclave left their little part of the caliphate that hasn't yet been destroyed so the united states has announced that it is building and then tire new army and this is going to be huge sixty five thousand fighters to put that into perspective that's bigger than the extremely in military or the canadian military they have fewer fewer men few smaller manpower but this
new army the united states is going to train its bad army equip it from the underwear up literally from the end of this is we're talking here about uniforms we're talking here about tens of thousands of new guns machineguns rifles mortars millions of rounds of ammunition a thousand vehicles first aid kits absolutely everything an army might need they're going to supply this new army with and it meshes well with america's previously stated objective goal to stay indefinitely in syria but what really gives us a ways that it's in the writing it's in the counterterrorism fund which is what they are asking for this money for which is going to finance this whole thing and this is in black and white that the fighters that make up this new army will be from the vetted syrian opposition so from the opposition months isis is gone and it isn't difficult to imagine what these guys are going to be doing preventing the
syrian government from retaking syria from retaking what the u.s. part the troops hold and prolonging this war essentially. the concern the problem here is the big question the united states previously spent five hundred million and in that highly embarrassing congress session admitted that they had only trained four or five members a question here is where are they going to find tens of thousands of new fighters the trade that the next day aren't going to have a hand over their guns and joined al qaeda. the executive director of the rumpole peace institute things relations between the u.s. and the kurds are unlikely to normalize anytime soon now either. well it's three months of the old saying it's better to be the enemy than the ally of the united states because if you're the enemy they may try to buy you but if you're the ally they certainly will sell you and that certainly seems like what they're doing with the kurds perhaps the kurds are understanding that they will be sold out they were sold out at rocca as well and they will be sold out in the eastern part of syria
where the u.s. is operating and they're coming to the aid of their allies does the u.s. hope that the syrian government gets further drawn in to the fight with the kurds against the turks then the u.s. can swing back around and help its turkish ally in fighting the syrian government and the kurds as well maybe that's the move that would mean the big question mark is what will russia do in a situation like that talk about a disaster. leslye didn't say in the countdown to the big football football's world cup is going to be the biggest sporting event here russia russia twenty eight he kicks off in exactly one hundred days so a good idea to talk about it a lot tonight will be sixty four matches in eleven cities played in twelve brand new or stadiums. boy if we get a team to take you through it to here events to mark the beginning of the one
hundred a counter have already been taking place across russia including here in moscow or an official ceremony wrapped up just a bit earlier you. were. for a look bigger in real life russian football officials world cup volunteers and fans all came together to mark milestone with more on the tournament and the building excitement and more about the huge stars we've got to take you through it the whole kids. it's a pretty chilly snow covered day here today in moscow but of course the world cup will take place in the heights of moscow's warm summer it seems so long ago now that russia was bid to host the fifth world cup but as time has moved closer to the event it's really flown by and today marks the first mark one hundred days till the start of football's biggest festivals preparations have been well underway twelve
stadiums across eleven cities from khazan in the east to kaliningrad in the western fifo officials have been keeping a close eye on those preparations on those developments so far so good from them it's been a thumbs up this is very important for fee for and for the local organizing committee to make clear to everyone and every fan around the world that the walk up is going to be an inclusive event an open event and welcoming even for everyone who respective of their background or region nationality gender sexual orientation or skin color it is an event which is for everyone and this is the year the commitment that we have made in the local authorities in the local organizing committee that are behind this as well together with us people have complete trust in the security preparations and the security concept people looked at by russian authorities to the local organizing committee and we had also a great opportunity to test all the security arrangements and the concepts during
the confederations cup last year and everything went there we will promote what point of view now organizers have put found comfort the center of preparations those tens of thousands of fans coming to russia from all across the world will be able to get a special fan idea longside their tickets now that means they can come into the country visa free as well as get free travel on special transport between the host cities and in the host cities as well also of course giving them piece of my. and about safety and security now of course the fines have been the main priority but it's the sports teams themselves who are taking center stage many of the world's greatest stars coming to russia and it's fair to say those teams have had requests which have been let's say a little bit more unusual. will
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a world cup twenty eight team coverage we've signed one of the greatest goalkeepers of all suck but there was one more question by the way who's going to be our coach . you guys i know you are nervous is a huge tournaments and a huge amount of pressure camera you have to be the center of the beach but how would you. agree. you are the rock at the back nobody gets past you we need you to get down there we have to go. alone. and i'm really happy to join for the two thousand and thirteen world cup in russia meet the special one i was also appreciate me to just take the reader p.r.t. teams latest edition make up as we go. look. great with us now next to the news of the day tracking a potential flashpoint now the turkish president is vowing to press on with
purchasing the russian s four hundred anti aircraft missile system despite the threat of sanctions from his nato ally the united states said potential flashpoint president one also accuses the military alliance meantime of double standards back up. let those who criticize us for purchasing the s four hundred to fight terrorism look at themselves why are they silent about the s three hundred which greece has and they tell us that this is a wrong step what kind of alliance what kind of solidarity is this well that's the question he asked nato nato has made its dissatisfaction clear every step of the way here earlier this month deputy secretary general rose gottemoeller pointed out the problem that the s four hundred doesn't integrate with current nato hardware for a start now the s four hundred would give turkey a new level of control over its airspace and beyond if this all goes ahead it's a service to where briefly anti aircraft missile system developed back of the nine
hundred ninety s. it can engage up to eight hundred targets at a time up to four hundred kilometers away it's sophisticated stuff it can also hit fast moving targets up to an astonishing four point eight kilometers per second but the politics of it let's talk about that with the turkish capital with the same bad she professor of international relations at the city's middle east technical university i missed about xi yeah great talk about the technology here but it's the that the politics are there really getting people ruffled president who was determined to see this through on one hand nato doesn't want him to do it what's going to give. i think the turkish position to process four hundred is necessary from the turkish defense policy point of view because in the recent weeks and months as you see the turkish american relations are not getting very well and if the americans further problem weapons to kurds.
in the middle east probably the turkish concern to get the missiles to turkish territory will be much more justified than it is the case now so it is a. cautious movement of turkey and by the way for hundreds will be not delivered before two thousand and twenty and the turkish diversification of defense is something which it seems that the more they are necessary than ever before disability concerning the natal that what type of airlines is this is why you need america would try to impose military sanctions so towards turkey in future could be a possibility the president's reaction i would say is justifiable from the future challenges but mr broadsheet the structure you don't know what's going on behind the scenes basically in a nutshell doesn't president anyone care what nato thinks
a by go and i had to they say no he's going to rile lebanese happy to do that is he or no. i think president don's position is this when the greeks did buy this indeed nobody was thinking anything but they did the same time the problem is the they are much better three hundred of course of four hundred and turkey is in the long run going to diversify her strategic and defense needs from this perspective russia seems to be one of the possible partners for future use my just. this type of missile system is not applicable to the nato structure is the first since one thousand nine hundred one first gulf war turkey is always in need for this startles new defense structures nato does not provide this is nature's problem that it russian defense system per
se all that it's too advanced per se because if you look at greece and other nato member they've got ok the slightly older i guess the s. three hundred missile system but nato doesn't seem to have a problem with that so if they're going to probably that well they've got a problem with turkey having the slightly updated one i guess. i think we have to see this from two perspectives from our own political turkish russian relations improving. recent years because after this incident of putting down the russians. jet fighter and now it seems like and i don't know all of the history the russians do moment seem to defend turkey against any possible american attack in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight it was thought of the different very nikita khrushchev was stating that turkey would be destroyed within forty eight hours american pentagon defense
ministry was telling that americans would stand behind turkey as it was called war period now the turkish american consulate or a different interpretation of interest in the middle east in syria was exactly probably not exactly what i was going to come on to have in terms of us not about everything that's happening up there in africa and. the kurds on the border. and the fact that turkey is very unhappy about it it's a very uneasy situation in the area at the moment particularly between. the us this isn't going to help matters is it. it is true we have around fifty sixty thousand kurdish fighters as a regular army trained by americans and americans do not seem that they will step down from this position despite the fact that. foreign secretary tillerson came recently to ankara and told the president more than three how as i think we live.
very interesting crisis between turkey and united states of america in by literal terms as well as in nato a term for the thrill of terms i do not expect that the americans step down and not to applaud the kurds i think the. problem is turkey's concern in all three and in general in the north of syria that if there is a state type of situation emerging like a state. by the americans. there i think this concept of enemy picture is getting more and more stronger. and. more on this the six militias fly by i don't know how to go to some of the stories thank you so much say about international professor at the middle east had to call you very good night thank you ok happier diplomatic news probably could've seen
this coming a couple of months ago even it seems a diplomatic breakthrough could be on the horizon for the two koreas we can tell you the north officials reportedly told the southern counterparts of pyongyang would be willing to abandon its nuclear weapons after everything has happened in exchange for security guarantees kalibo plane has got more on the surprise about. being yet another breakthrough in the possible warming of relations between north and south korea we now hear an announcement that the democratic people's republic of korea would be willing to give up its nuclear arsenal if their security were protected if furthermore they have promised that they. will never attack south korea and there is now plans in the works for a summit between north and south korea to north korea has clearly expressed its willingness to launch the denuclearization of the korean peninsula in the tweet don't trump talks about the possibility of peace on the korean peninsula now this is quite a different tone than he has taken in the past donald trump's tweet has itself
a mixed message he talks about possible peace but then he also talks about the fact that the usa would be willing to go either way now we've also heard from rex tillerson hugh used some rather extreme words to describe north korea calling them an extreme threat north korea threatens entire global community through its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs and political activities including its arms exports to africa so as there is a thaw in relations and the two governments on the korean peninsula seem to be moving closer toward each other and many are wondering what will be the next move as the united states remains a question there's a huge military presence by the united states in south korea and all eyes are on the negotiations that are taking place the world is anticipating and hopeful about the possibility of peace but what role the usa will play in antagonizing or intensifying the conflict remains in question you know those six actually will be
put to political science professor joseph chan he told us the biggest challenge indeed will be to get donald trump's administration to the table over this. there is considerable doubt on the part of the united states but i think the cost on the table and the real talent of course is for the united states. to engage north korea you know or not while recognizing that nuclear weapons capability open yeah and indicating it's spread to talk. about north korea's all to me objectives i'm kevin i mean that's. plenty keep up to date with illinois law social media platforms and. it's coming up to twenty nine minutes past ten o'clock moscow is going go down but with more than half an hour.
this baby and. this much eighteenth vote with your remote. special coverage of the russian presidential election exit polls opinions real time results monitoring and much more. well the oscars may be over but the tricks here in washington d.c. might never end this week the house intelligence committee had this republican out of california put its best dramatic foot forward while making the news media rounds all we good. in response to a recent skit by late show host stephen colbert which saw the comedian hit the
hallowed halls of capitol hill to push his own version of the trump russian intelligence memo which he subtly and titled devon newness is a blank redacted fill in the blank you know whatever you'd like it to be the offended congressman sounded off to fox news host neil cavuto declaring i think this is the danger we have in this country this is an example of it he went on to lay out a vast left wing conspiracy against him and other conservatives saying the left controls not only the universities in this country but they also control hollywood in this country in the mainstream media so conservatives in this country are under attack and i think this is a great example of it but miss oscar weekend cable news carousel wasn't finished with just a little a little cupboard owing no new new new new new no intelligence committee chairman sounded up yet again this time to light liberty in levine host mark levine.