to understand we can still use to just. be with them this will be used for you or. i'm doing this because i want the future world to future generations to have and enjoy the ocean now we have. the u.k.'s prime minister expels twenty three russian diplomats from britain today in retaliation for the kremlin's alleged involvement in the poisoning of a former russian intelligence agent and his daughter despite police having to clear no suspects. to speak there is no alternative conclusion other than that the
russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of mr and his daughter under the vienna convention the united kingdom will now expel twenty three russian diplomats who have been identified as calm declared intelligence offices tonight russia reacts to britain's measures calling them unacceptable and unjustified while promising a talent tree responds. like seven kids call on the u.s. congress to reject donald trump's new pick for cia director of her volved went to the intelligence agency's torture program. good evening a.p. i went to the fourteenth of march watching r.t. international with me kevin owen thanks for your company the news this hour in this state of an update dominated first of all by the coverage coming in from the u.k. that's where we're going to start where the prime minister to resign. said britain
will expelled twenty three russian diplomats and suspend all. meetings with russia it comes in response to the poisoning of the russian intelligence officer and his daughter in the city of souls as the investigation into the incident continues. churkin has the latest tonight for you from london. well the british prime minister has said that russia is culpable of attempted murder and among the measures that the u.k. is now taking is the expulsion of twenty three russian diplomats they are suspending high level contacts between the two countries the russian foreign minister's visit to the u.k. has been cancelled and no british officials including members of the world family will be present at the world cup in russia taking place this summer recent may has said that russia's response to the deadline that was given by midnight last night was a distain given the gravity of. mr speaker it was right to offer russia the opportunity
to provide an explanation but their response has demonstrated its complete disdain for the gravity of these events. they have provided no credible explanation that they could suggest they lost control but then her agent no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the united kingdom no explanation as to why russia has an undeclared chemical weapons program in contravention of international law. the leader of the opposition jeremy corbyn had to ask the british prime minister whether or not any official requests were sent to russia whether any evidence was provided to russia or any of the box and that the response was a bit unsubstantial as the prime minister taking the necessary steps under the chemical weapons convention to make a formal request for evidence from the russian government how has. he responded to
the russian government's request for asylum full of the agent used in the soles reattack to run its own tests has high resolution trace analysis been run on a sum full of the nerve agents and has that revealed any evidence as to the location of its production all the identity of its perpetrators we gave the russian government the opportunity of the through the day march that my russian befriend the phone secretary to the russian ambassador here in london earlier this week to do just that they have not done so if there is a consensus across the but benches of this house. i am only sorry that the consensus does not go as far as the right honorable gentleman. could have taken the opportunity as the u.k. government has done to condemn the culprits in the seat of the.
russian embassy here in london has said that the steps taken by the british government are unjustified unacceptable and shortsighted also saying that they did deterioration of ties between russia nato and the u.k. lies on the british government and that ultimatums don't work with russia everything what do. you see in the people we perceive it to provoke each. we believe that the you know i do keep the full big international none of them under this obligation to help. the theoretical weapons they have to present their request to the organization and then we're headed to consider this wouldn't be ten days this is the international law and of course we're not ready to. to talk you know we'll be ultimately. the actions taken by the british government
became really a crescendo of over a week of the spy saga on rivaling where we saw what could have been a potential local incident unravel into a huge international diplomatic standoff this is. with the latest full across. the whole could be the crosses all day it's been pretty fast moving to a lot of this was expected i guess. as far as moscow is concerned at the moment well certainly as far as the u.k. it's an open and shut case according to the reason all of the culprits all other possibilities have been ruled out it seems from the u.k. side at least that the russian government is culpable in this despite the lack of any suspects officially declared police of course the russian foreign ministry as they declared initially have reiterated that they had no involvement or knowledge about this incident they describe this as an unprecedented provocation in fact and have promised. let's take
a listen to their statement just from earlier today. instead of completing its investigation using established international formats and instruments including those in the framework of the a.p.c. w. which we were expecting the british government chose confrontation with russia is obvious that by opening for unilateral and nontransparent methods of investigating this incident the british authorities have once again tried to unleash an indiscriminate and the russian campaign or the ministry is referring to there of course is that lack of an official request from the u.k. government to the russian government with regards to corporation joint investigation of that incident and of course given the russian side the solid poles of that substance used tragically to attack was the script and his daughter indeed so i guess lover of the russian foreign minister was very quick to point out just days ago that no official request had been received for that joy diversification through the properties of the o.p.c. w. the organization for prohibition of chemical weapons this is what he said just
a couple of days back. with which. the who we haven't received any official request from london based on its own obligations in accordance with the chemical weapons convention we've told britain we are ready to respond if they file the request instead of filing the official request the u.k. continues to pull political stunts. the foreign ministry statement here in front of me the last line is particularly telling very brief saying of course countermeasures will be very soon after wait for them for too long very almost line there predictably of course as i was saying earlier likely to be a tit for tat measures as is often the case but of course twenty three diplomats expelled a the biggest expose in about three decades as far as we're concerned of course far as when we stand. this isn't the last we'll hear of this scandal it seems to be only the beginning or i don't hear back to it let's bring in particular use an
executive director of twenty first century wired dot com. there patrick thanks for your time today what do you think about this than twenty three russian diplomats expelled from britain was that the best move the trees are made could have made in the circumstances in russia at the moment saying it will top it won't talk to all tomatoes because no suspects been put forward there's a lot of jumping to conclusions first of all so russia as it stands whether you agree with the not thinks that it's in the right here do you agree and was what tourism a has done here too soon too much or not. the first thing i'm going to point out is that theresa may lay down an ultimatum to the russian government and claims that russia has not come forward with a sufficient explanation to the questions put forward by theresa may government but i think you could easily flip that on its head and say the british government has not come forward with any explanation as to how they've assigned guilt to
russia so effectively what you have is accusations which are anecdotal and there is no forensic evidence that ties this to russia it's speculative and so you have this odd situation that we see in syria as well with chemical weapons accusations there with the bar for international. declarations of war between countries is much lower than in a regular local criminal court in terms of forensic evidence and so hyperbole seems to trump because actual forensic evidence and investigations so good you've got to try and be cool headed about this was to say you can see it from the from some of the british point of view especially the many members of public putting pressure on it political pressure this had been a market to reflect thing to happen interestingly jeremy coleman is held back here but he said there's not yet definitive proof the russian state was behind the
attempted murder of a former spy in seoul's break but of course public pressure. treason may got enough on the shoulders of them i would braxton everybody does way harder as opposed that's why she's come down so quickly maybe this talking going on behind the same theme tonight would you think not. yet. if you look at the pattern no with the u.k. and with the united states what we do know we don't know who has carried out this attack neither does the british government well so so we can assume that they don't actually know yet but in the what we do know is. both the u.s. government and the british government have had their intelligence agencies lie or present. dossiers for instance on weapons of mass destruction in the past that's proven both in the u.s. and in the u.k. so what they do is you know put pressure on politicians to adopt or to you know indorse intelligence assessments the seventeen agencies assessment united states
for russian hacking has been proven to be a fabrication seventeen intelligence agencies didn't say that russia hacked the elections and so that's russia gates falling apart already just this week i want to buy the argument here maybe that's. what about the argument that some people don't know that will be party to it but the members of the public will be saying hang on the spy agencies of britain a pretty good they must know something to tie it in it had to raise a maze doing what she doing but again we really don't know do we just speculation. no and politicians will do what they do in these situations based on their intelligence that is put on their desk and there's a lot of pressure from many different directions especially on this government which is deemed to be even by members of her own party is a very weak leadership but the talking point is being used as the fallback position is that russia has lost control of this chemical
a military grade chemical nerve agent so effectively this is very similar to obama's red line in syria where it doesn't matter who uses it if chemical weapons are used in this theater then that's a breach of the red line and so they're kind of using the same sort of methodology in this in this particular instance so but that itself is. i'm going to say that's a fraudulent. methodology so in terms of how you're going to stake a political price on this so the final full at the moment russia doesn't come about with anything concrete in response to these twenty three diplomatic expulsions what do you think it will do. well russia is in a very difficult situation his said that it doesn't have any anything to do with this incident so from their point of view they have been
attacked diplomatically or politically or geo politically and then they're going to respond in kind the problem with this tit for tat situation as we see in the united states is once escalates past the second or third move then it doesn't really matter what the two the country who started the tit for tat what the if there's any provenance to the original charges at all look at u.s. foreign policy the russian collusion narrative has collapsed yet the policies the sanctions remain so this is what we're looking at with this situation in britain it can't be good for either side in the long run especially if no evidence actually comes out that russia was involved in this so-called nerve agent attack on scorable so and that could very well be the case in a year's time in fact alexander litvinenko was brother maxime said he thought it was ridiculous that russia would have assassinated his brother with polonium two ten but of course that doesn't get
a lot of air time in the british press. believe it. is an executive editor of twenty first century waddell called things going to show again tonight. right let's just take a minute to remind ourselves and turn it back a bit how this turned from a local incident to what is now an international standoff tonight on sunday march fourth a couple of found slumped on a bench and so was pre reporters arrive at the scene for what was thought to be a local incident but soon after a global media frenzy on rivals exposure to an unknown substance and so comparisons to the two thousand and six death of alexander litvinenko. march sixth the u.k.'s counterterrorism police take control of the investigation the u.k. foreign secretary boris johnson while it would be wrong to prejudge the investigation i can reassure the house that should evidence emerged it implies
state responsibility then her majesty's government will respond appropriately and robustly russia says it has no information and offers to help in any way it can downing street remains cautious in finger point it being too early to explain what actually unraveled but that approach will soon make a swift exit british prime minister to resign may is expected to provide clarity the government has concluded that it is highly likely that russia was responsible for the act against and use the script how this highly likely comes with a pre-determined conclusion and the deadline set for russia to explain itself is wednesday all the while here's the u.k. police were of course getting many questions regarding how or where the nerve agent was actually it was i can't comment on that that this is why we're not declaring a person of interest or a suspect at least in a court of law this would at least mean a time out in the world of political gameplay apparently it means very little.
work and we'll continue to track the story of course also tracking next what's happening on capitol hill the u.s. presence opted for a major shake up there the new face of american diplomacy will be the incumbent cia director mike pompei o with whom donald trump says he has good chemistry. we are very late for whatever. whatever was. right. well with my pump oh no preparing to take the reins at the state department his position at the cia will be filled by jeanne a house bill a controversial figure no less she's a veteran intelligence agent to controversy played a role in the organization's torture program with more on that it goes down off next takes a closer look at the appointments and their implications orks nesting in washington my ponytail the new diplomat in chief of the iron fist to lead america's state
department has had the president under his spell for a while already there to see eye to eye on normal stover thing the issue that sunk to listen diplomatic career trump and pompei all share common spite towards iran and north korea both of them like to call torture enhanced interrogation and they are fans of the n.s.a.'s warrantless bulk data collection where they stand on whistleblowers is one of the few things that trump and don't pay i don't quite agree on well they have to differ on something. it's time to call out wiki leaks for what it really is a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like russia . i can't think of a thing that has put america in a better position as a result of this deal we're a year out from the agreement and every single action the iranians have taken has been bolder and starker than the ones they took before the agreement. a very real
danger. i hardly ever escape a day at the white house without the president asking me about north korea and how it is that the united states is responding to that threat it's very much at the top of his mind they are ever closer to having the capacity to hold america risk with a nuclear weapon this is the man. elevated to america's top diplomat and descending with him is his former deputy gina has spoken will be the first woman to lead the cia with her bosses impending departure she worked undercover and in secret for years she clearly likes being out of the spotlight and it could be for a good reason she was one of the tortured chieftains at the cia in two thousand to asp all round the operations of an agency black site in thailand where two terrorist suspects were tortured one of them was nearly killed during these so-called interrogation agents slammed his head against the wall water boarded him
deprived of sleep and kept him in a coffin like box and it was hasp old reportedly who later gave the order to destroy the tapes which recorded the torment along with other evidence given trump's pledge to keep the guantanamo bay operational and he's advocating of waterboarding everything falls into place it seems now the state department and the cia will have plenty in common you know in hansing not just interrogation techniques a diplomatic routine to. where both appointees will now have to go through senate confirmation hearings before taking office so it's not in the woods yet but rights groups have called on congress to reject both nominations human rights watch says that given their track record and house bill are both likely to endorse abusive practices john kiriakou who was the first cia officer to expose the agency's use of torture and who later served jail time following the revelations told me appointing junior hospital as head of the cia isn't one of trump's finest moments. this is
one of the worst moves i've ever heard of at the cia when i sort of acquitted believe that because you know has bush should be in the dock at the hague not in the director's office at the cia dina has all i has blood all over her hands she's the godmother of the cia's torture program the president is certainly a fan of torture he's come right out and said so and the only thing that stopping them from returning to this torture regime is one piece of paper called the mccain feinstein amendment it was an amendment to the national fence authorization act that specifically banned it prohibited exactly the kinds of techniques that you know has bill was overseen my pump a will take over from the current secretary of state rex tillerson of all goes to plan and at the end of this month reports that donald trump had been considering socking as top diplomat had been circulating for a month or two to numerous disagreements over government policy to the since the
i if i now you find. thanks watch the sly play more to come to go full out of the lot to mull over a course in london to digest and i will stop there the diplomatic treason may announce those twenty three russian diplomats will be expelled from britain with plenty of pressure on the u.k. russia relations at the moment know all the lights no assists coming your way about the saving the next let's lighten the mood a bit off the break we're going to hear would like to say from one of russia's stars of the ice of the winter olympics coming out.
hi there this is art international with me kevin no in tonight's twenty five minutes past eight o'clock now delighted to say she's a star of russian and world figure skating she stunned crowds at the winter games in pyongyang when she broke a world record of one no less than two silver medals on the right next door to me never but show you a very pleased as well as a medal in the studio to talk about her sporting experiences thank you so much for coming in to see this really appreciate it so first of all what was it like there. it was it were just an amazing family and. it was my first olympics and
just incredible incredible experience i mean for my next life. i really but i had a chance to compete in a limpet games and you know you're twenty years old now don't you when did you start training for this where does it begin to train for the olympics or sorry eighteen years old my mistakes are of the good stuff information that will make you all of the at eighteen years old when you start training for the. i started i started training for olympic games i think in. ten years old you know again as i understood as figure skating is my life is my work and i really want to compete and limpid games and this is my main goal for my life. and just to kind of work on it use it to sort of sleep work sleep work training sleep work or do you have any time for yourself as well. this is the most
important part of our work just yes sleep work sleep work sometimes eating and. now of course there's all the politics of these games all the hustle that went with it but despite that you managed to win two silver medals out of the fabulous and i was so surprised kind of touch with. the strength of what they could not hear me i said would you like to wear one and as you can see this thing weighs an absolute. whopper isn't it just amazing thing i thought medals would be about this big what did it feel like to win not only one silver but two silvers was it feel like inside after all that training. you know all this iterations was so strange and. i was expecting everything and just for me was the most important. just to keep
walking and just show my work just show my also. its missile defense you know when you talk about work lots of people love boring jobs of the let's face it to make ends meet to bring the money in the future of the tricks are true it's more than work isn't it if you must be a passion within to do this it's performance it's creative you're you know after a long program i started to cry verse first time when. my son begin to cry. and just where just amazing inside and given the expect from myself. i can cry after performing this. yeah it's amazing what was the highlight which which was the most special part of performance for you. after my performance i hear it
on the russian language all tribbles all. just talk. in russian language and they say jane they're well. into is so strange because. their form and in korea. and i hear it's only rational and reach where they're really times in the build up to it because of all the political problems and all the scandals going with it everything the russian team particularly going through with the only times that you thought i don't want to do this or you're always focused driven focused on the goal. now tell me. i had so much support to focus on my goal. it isn't easy to keep working when you hear every time rush. olympique rochelle in pick again and again and sometimes.
i didn't. see me i did invoice and then my phone just to focus on my walk so to to assume we were meant to live for you from sportsmen it would be more for they feel about the pressure they were on the what about your fellow friends sports men and women how did they feel about the pressure that they were under as well not only the sporting pressure but all the diplomatic problems around it to divert them honestly i didn't talk about my team with my team mates about all this situations because it. involved one model because before ellen picks really so close to inside and i told only with my coaches and only with my parents and they're all really really supportive you.