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we need to look at a new regulatory framework that will protect the privacy of users of social media not just facebook but people who own google and other popular platforms. the u.k. foreign office has deleted a tweet saying experts at a military lab had confirmed the nerve agent used in the screwball poisoning case was produced in russia artie's an associate you're going to reports now from westminster. the foreign office has deleted a tweet that it had initially posted on march twenty second which read that analysis by world leading experts of the laboratory at porton down made clear that this was a military grade novacek nerve agent produced in russia now a couple of days before that boris johnson the u.k. foreign secretary also said that there is no doubt that russia was behind what happened you argue that they're sure of. the chalk in russia how did you manage to find it out so quickly but when i look at the the evidence
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from the people from important they were absolutely categorical and i asked the guy where so i said are you sure and he said as they dodged well it seems that all of that was going well until yesterday when the chief executive of porton down came out and said that not only were the scientists not able to prove that the nerve agent came from russia but generally speaking they didn't know what the source was we know verify the for say source but we provided the scientific information to the government but you have not been able to establish porton down that this was made in russia as i said it's our job to provide you know the scientific evidence that identifies for the particular and their future is but it's not our job to see where that actually was manufactured so typically you will not tell you to look cool down to say where it is from we haven't yet been able to do that at the same time the foreign office is saying everything is still the way
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it was and nothing is inconsistent well suffice it to see that on social media things are not so clear to anybody who's been following this and there have been quite a few tweets posted here in the u.k. calling for the resignation of boris johnson we also know that the labor party has challenged the u.k. foreign secretary to explain himself in the situation. well now it remains to be seen whether or not johnson is going to be answering any of those questions given the vigorous ness with which accusations against russia have flown very early on in this case pretty much as soon as the name of the man poisoned her paul came out into the spotlight. well boris johnson has been active on twitter he set out to accuse the labor party leader jeremy corbin of siding with russia instead of supporting the u.k. like the twenty eight countries that expelled russian diplomats other nations have questioned the u.k.'s measures against moscow over the square park case notably
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austria opted to remain neutral but claimed it was pressured to follow suit when the situation gets tough you have to keep channels open the u.k. ambassador to austria issued a demolished on wednesday in order to encourage us to take specific measures on saturday they demolish was repeated on monday while i was in kosovo the chancellor and i spoke over the phone about our position which is now public it's our tradition to bring people together especially in difficult situations british broadcaster and journalist john gone to told us he's surprised by the u.k.'s actions. i never thought i'd be living in a country where we delete checks from the foreign office and the foreign secretary boris johnson either exaggerates if we're being polite or laurie's not just to russia but lies to the u.k. population we were told we were led to believe that poor and down would definitely
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back up again what boris centuries has been say she was it more careful with the words but boris johnson in that german injury said he'd been told categorically this was the case so it was not a joke and it came from russia there's no other way of interpreting that and i thought the moment that hit the fan they would start damage limitation and that is what they're doing that's what the attacks on call been about now as well you know people are me i'm certainly a russian surely i'm certainly in the pocket of the kremlin for daring to say as a british citizen i just want the truth the evidence or meanwhile russia has called for an international probe into the screen poisoning case moscow submitted a proposal to the global chemical weapons watchdog the o.p.c. w but the request has been rejected or it is bitter all reports now from the hague . and the day started with russia's permanent representative i'll extend the should again putting forward russia's proposal which was for what he called a communal
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a inclusive. investigation involving all members of the the o.p.c. w now that was dismissed by the by the executive council it was voted down by by fifteen to six with seventeen abstentions however russia's representative he was speaking to us just behind me now at the embassy here in the hague he said it's also the emotion didn't go through it did show that more people didn't support of that they were actually in favor of it. unfortunately we didn't manage to get the needed two thirds of votes for the resolution to pass obviously the british and americans voted against it and then nato and some e.u. member states and u.s. allies followed suit for twenty three countries which are huge one way or another take this western view that's more than half of the executive council that was viewed very differently by boris johnson the british foreign secretary he referred
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to the motion put forward by russia or is being ludicrous and said that it was defeated because of that he said that this was being put forward as an attempt to divert attention away from an investigation that was actually focusing on russia this was also backed up by a very strong message from the european union as well the representative from the nation saying that russia has provided basic information to the united kingdom that it should have been saying that. in fact there was a concern that showed russia not accept the findings of a p c w report that perhaps they could pull out of the chemical weapons watchdog altogether however the words coming from the. the russian poet a representative also the ambassador here in the netherlands was that perhaps some of these nations don't want russia or involved in a investigation because of what may be found. they fear the truth
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they fear to take responsibility for their words but later an accusation of the provocative statements from the head of u.k. diplomacy it looks like let's get to the investigation will help to dot the i's and cross the ts and find out what really happened it just fit to bear responsibility for slander it's been a very long day here in the hague but it's been very short when it comes to the answers to some of the questions that we were perhaps hoping to move forward on here and certainly many of those remain up in the air and open questions are things just who was behind the poisoning of that discreet pile and who will be taking part in the investigation and how that will pan out. on wednesday the u.k. representative to the o p c w gave a statement in the hague setting out claims against russia john fogle mentioned a chemical incident in syria which took place
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a year ago and led to the us taking military action against syria he claimed that russia had convened a meeting in the hague to make a political point former british diplomat peter ford told us that that statement highlight the lack of real evidence against russia. the british authorities jumped to the conclusion that they wanted to see a thesis on a pretext and then invented the evidence to justify that. was circumstantial evidence that russia might have been involved and the british government quickly. built up on this but when you look at the statement today the only additional evidence is speculation it underlined the fact that the british argument so weak. and therefore it was
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a diversionary tactic to bring up the anniversary of the allegations concerning contrail corn. in fact the. mission weakness on the part of the british delegation if they were convinced the case got sold sprit they should have concentrated on on that exclusively the u.k. statement here designed precisely to muddy the waters and tooth near. russia. a number of russian diplomats have given their reaction to the latest developments in this group our case more on that from quite blunt and you've got a tough. there's a good share of irony in the u.k.'s latest accusations against russia well you know that russia is refusing to share any information on the scruple case with the u.k. because from the looks of it it seems that now london is
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a shameless lee boring lines for a most closed book of concerns for weeks russia has been calling on london to disclose at least some information on their investigation into this cripple case and has been criticizing london for their blatant refusal to do so so now it seems london is turning moskos argument against itself so really russia's reaction russia's response to this has been hardly a surprise alba writes if people and you can assure that russia denied the information on the case was not willing to discuss the question and denied any possibility of cooperation this is one hundred percent. well this is far from the only thing with heard from the russian diplomats the foreign ministry has said that basically london is interested in sort of fanning the flames around the whole investigation around the whole assassination attempt a not interested in an actual and transparent investigation itself we've also heard
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from the foreign ministry that now with all the with the berridge of accusations flying the russia way all trust towards the u.k. you in this situation in this scandal has been lost and amid this hail of mutual jabs between russia and the u.k. here in most school we've heard from the chief of the always see thomas graham he's he's delivering the making a speech at a conference on international security he said that basically the corporation between russia and the u. is vital for european security and i managed to get a few minutes of his time and what i was really interested in is whether or not he believes the whole situ. ration around the scruple case how the said corporation and he told me that he believes that it is not rights when one side doesn't hear the other i mean truly very. d.s.
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worsening. relations between east best. day it seems to get worse on a daily basis and that is. a matter of concern i think to all security politicians that we need to end to revert to dialogue we need to sit at the same time table we need to. try to understand development but more empathy the two words the security perceptions of each other i think that is listening trying to understand that's very important if we want to come out after this current mess kalahari logic well judging by the latest events the dialogue the vital and the most basic trait and tool of diplomacy is something that is seems to be for now impossible to achieve in this situation. earlier we heard from ken livingstone a former mayor of london and he believes that teresa mayes government is more
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interested in bashing russia than establishing what happened in the poisoning case . i mean that's that really because he was literally threesome i was up there that day one i'm blaming russia and president putin for this making these claims before they've even been the first report from the people investigating the incident and we still haven't had their final report and i would be at all surprised if it is never made available to the public the british government has set out to blame all of this on president putin and russia from the very beginning and the simple fact he's a country has a principle that you are innocent until proven guilty but here we had our prime minister on the television immediately denouncing russia and starting to order the expulsion of russian diplomats and this has been taken up around the west to block our politics is just about the holidays and smear is the get repeated overdraw and
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i four corridor from sin into marrow elections lab say he just says what he thinks he needs at the time i've never known a politician so completely and utterly unrelated to facts i mean he wouldn't even read his briefings before we went into those debates he just says what he thinks who go down well at the time so my broad right is pay no attention to anything that's ever said by a foreign secretary it will invariably be wrapping a shrewd president putin has said he hopes western powers will take a more common sense approach to the screen pockets ensuring used them we are not waiting for anything we just expect common sense to eventually prevail on the much so that international relations will not be harmed as much as they are right now when the mood there was opposed it. well vitamine putin was speaking at a media conference alongside the presidents of turkey and iran the three leaders met to discuss a peace plan for war torn syria and despite their differences they managed to find
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common ground. reports. the three guarantors have met here at presidential palace there's absolutely no doubt about the three countries commitment to what they're doing together though they're all here with their own different missions. five aired on keep saying that his country won't tolerate any armed kurdish militias in northern syria so the so-called. no matter what the iranian leader hassan rouhani says that external powers although he did specifically mention the u.s. and israel keep trying to use terrorists on the ground to reach some of their own goals for tehran is strong foothold in syria is.


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