we. have a seventieth. president. calls in russia too with lawrence military advisors from. social media. doesn't campaign. a lot of these fights make news. and the head of boeing says he's sorry for the three hundred. seventy seven as the company struggles to mend its. the u.n. secretary general. show restraint. with the
capital. from moscow. it's thanks for joining us this. seventieth birthday with a lavish celebration in washington however it didn't take long for the anniversary to into a discussion of the brooks expansion near russia's borders because that's said to be what russia's neighbors want. to leave venezuela because that's what's washington wants. so we are her stepping up our efforts in the black sea we just agreed with the black sea region we just agreed to package with more surveillance exercises on all the issues which we. strongly believe or
relevant for the black sea region and of course also the working with our partners georgia and ukraine they need to they need to leave. and we talked about that we talked about that in the context of russian efforts all around the world now the inconsistency of the usa demanding that russia would draw its really terry advisors from venezuela at the same time the united states is escalating its presence in the black sea didn't seem to be emphasized or really understood furthermore just prior to the meeting we had mike pence saying that turkey had to choose between being a nato member country and engaging what he referred to as a reckless decision that would be buying russia's military hardware however stoltenberg seems to not be as any resolution to the dispute to keep on its plans to buy a russian missile defense system or ease nato going to have to do with what the turkish foreign minister says is that. it is
a national decision. for you. to this term and capabilities however still member did emphasize that the purchase was indeed a challenge within nato but that nato would facilitate dialogue to resolve that disagreement and countries let's take a listen the good news is we're in a good position a position of strength today our structure is designed to empower each own not to subjugate it we maintain in that standing degree of unity now germany in particular was called out by the united states for its lack of defense spending and we understand that most recently germany has increased its spending on military defense however it's only risen to one point twenty five percent still shy of the two percent threshold expected from nato countries so it was a seventieth anniversary birthday celebration for the north atlantic treaty organization quite a few issues discussed there a rather dark and pessimistic tone for
a birthday party and moscow was once again painted as a major global threat to secretary-general got an enthusiastic response in the u.s. congress as he outlined counter measures against russia ahead of the nato they've bashed into trying to as will. he meant of all presidents made sure everyone in the club open their wallets for nato's seventieth anniversary the clear message from prison term. help is having a real impact we see that many more than a dollar meet the two percent god on the spending two percent of g.d.p. on defense can there be a better gift than money oh yeah but let's keep in mind if you will that vladimir putin is the greatest gift to nato since the end of the cold war and it has provided a new reason for living if you will for nato that's right there needs to be an excuse for the existence of the gigantic cash devouring juggernaut and for keeping
on getting new members on board weapon making firms need customers the biggest ones happen to be from where this man is in charge if you know what i mean though since the soviet union collapsed almost three decades ago even within the alliance there were some doubts about why nato still needs to be out there in research sponsored by the bloc you may have found stuff like this if they too was created notice to act as a deterrent to soviet imperialism and to counter communism and the perceived nuclear threat and what is its relevance today there was a point when a former nato spokesman gave lectures on how the alliance was struggling to find itself when the cold war was over even russia's nukes were no longer taken as a big deal for the first time in almost fifty years the us stands on the verge of attaining nuclear promises strolled by barack obama after all you don't call russia our number one enemy. not al-qaeda russia. unless you're still stuck in
a cold war mind warp well those were the days if you think of it nato was big failures like afghanistan or libya kind of outweigh whatever the block would try to boast as its success anyway we even got to a point. someone from nato is daddy america the president i mean said they don't is obsolete it covers a soviet union which is no longer in existence and nato has to either be rejiggered reaching here changed for the better it didn't take long for mr trump to be reminded of russia i mean the scary version and that more folks other than saudi arabia will have to buy garlands from his military industrial complex i said it was obsolete it's not russian behavior consistent cyber attacks on nato allies and partners sophisticated this information campaigns and attempts to
interfere in the more crecy itself. oh you'll be all right for a very long time reexamination is called for for the existence of nato so is the core of the union in nineteen only one made turtle has been wondering around without a purpose it's been looking for a purpose in the us it's gone out of the year or it's gone the other places trying . to have a purpose needs to find itself and what its relevancy is and it needs to remain as a military alliance absent the absent politics absent economic considerations because it's not the job of nato nato a strictly military the united states is trying to drum up the notion that moscow remains that threat in order to justify not only the continued existence of nato
but actually to increase spending of their towards defense. russia's foreign ministry says it's open to dialogue with nato but claims the alliance hasn't shown willingness moscow also says it's ready to deescalate tensions between russia and nato bloc members. france is leading the fight against fake news adopting a lot of battle misinformation over it seems right now some social media giants are confused over just how to implement it shiela dubin ski reports. ahead of the e.u. elections the french government information service or g.i.s. launched a campaign aimed at boosting voter registration but twitter found that the we usually vote campaign is in violation of france's own anti fake news law and through an accident and the storm broke twitter his actions were called out
or date. due to does not know how to do this at this time and has therefore decided to have a completely extreme pausing counseling and is supposedly a political campaign they were. illegal i thought it was an april fool's joke to do blocks public company for voter registration so as not to respect the un to fake news transparency rules appalling and illegal to it his priority should be to fight content glorifying terrorism not campaigns to register on electoral rolls of a democratic republic. after a lot of pressure twitter quickly relented it after numerous discussions we have decided to allow and on a high note the social media platform is known for banning and suspending accounts often without reason including those it considers russian bought. even movie accounts have been suspended for no obvious reason take the pro-life element
planned off the raking in six million dollars at the box office on opening weekend it found its twitter account was banned though it was later reinstated mysteriously around one hundred fifty thousand followers were dropped and it doesn't stop that from the left to the right of politics twitter often acts as the judge and the jury so enraged a users that many are leaving the platform altogether the problems become so embarrassing to twitter that it's now going to stop and now saying how many uses it keeps using twitter may have appeased the french government for now but all the birds circling overhead charlotte. r.t. paris little journalist and commentator elizabeth motor believes it'll be a huge task for the government to fight fake news. the danger in many ways both for them for breaking the rule and for the government also for breaking the law and
they decided not to take the risk to be hard to regulate fake news because it's a difficult subject it's got to be tackled because the debate has become much more trade and violent with the social media taking up so much space and the cost the need of the debate is pushing everybody to all the extremism and just something which basically has got to be framed into into sort of more rational discourse so i think that it's perfectly understandable that it's not easy to decide who are the reasons and which you could make mistakes and when was. it was you know. it contained to go and vote and just the fact that it was initiated by the government it was the government in its rule as an abyss as an administration more than a special specific political party they didn't say you should vote for so and so. the c.e.o. of boeing has issued a public apology for two crashes involving the same aircraft model within the last six months they totaled a total of three hundred forty six lost lives. we have growing are sorry for the
lives lost in the recent seven thirty seven max accident the history of our industry shows most accidents are caused by a chain of events this again is the case here then a small book went on to say that the ethiopian airlines incident in march and the indonesian crash in october both caused by the same technical malfunction disasters involved a boeing seven three seven eighth's which has a ninety stalling feature cool the maneuvering cow tricyclics system the c.e.o. explain that in both cases that system reacted to incorrect data and caused the nose of the planes to be forced down while the pilots were trying to gain altitude . the utopian add on the jet was traveling from out of sight of a to nairobi one one hundred fifty seven people on board from thirty five countries the pilots had reported difficulties with dhikr off and were granted were timed to the airport on able to regain control according to
a preliminary report from the ethiopian authorities the pilots did follow boeing's guidelines we heard from commercial pilot keith wells and he told us that upon it should always be able to override come ons from a plane's automated system. the system repeatedly kicked in and the pilots were forced to fight against it that is as you say a terrifying concept we should always be able to override any electronic system software system protection system on the airplane that stability augmentation system was from the angle the tax answers the question that i would ask is why was it feeding in from stall where they were connected to the aircraft systems was their manufacturing defect i think those sensors were not manufactured by boeing but perhaps by a third party supplier but i think everybody is focusing on the software that caused the nose down motion when i think the u.n.
security council will be convening on. friday to discuss the latest military escalation in libya u.n. secure secretary-general antonio gutierrez is now in trip i want to make a very strong appeal. for all military movements to stop there is no military solution for any problem in the world and there is love in military solution for the problems in libya earlier on thursday a military leader ordered his troops to march on the capital tripoli raising the prospect of a large scale confrontation field-marshal khalifa haftar gave a speech to his forces which was also posted online. by you a lot of us our heroes the time has come only as your weapons against those who have decided to fight those who have chosen bloodshed but those who lay down their arms must be spared and it is your responsibility to protect the citizens institutions and interests of the capital. of the country has been torn apart by
warring factions since the fall of the gadhafi government eight years ago since then two rival governments have emerged one backed by the u.n. and based in tripoli the other in the eastern city of tobruk which is controlled by a highly for hafta his announcement comes days before a u.n. brokered peace conference which is supposed to pave the way for new elections and joint statement has been issued by the u.s. france italy the u.k. and arab emirates they're calling on all sides to avoid military posturing and show restraint and stressed that there is no military solution to the libya conflict or cross live now to independent political analyst alexandrov thanks for joining us good to have you on as always as we just heard those five countries saying there is no military solution to the libya conflict is there really a bit of irony in that given they were all involved in the intervention back in twenty eleven which has led to the situation libya is in. good evening
thank you very well it's ironic but my first observation based on that statement is that there is one notable absent. which is saudi arabia. and saudi arabia has a king just visited tunis a few days ago and he's moving in to the saudi regime appears to be moving into that region and interesting enough you have to enjoys also the backing of saudi arabia because it's. the. leader in tripoli. is backed by qatar the united which is close to the muslim brotherhood so we have that dynamic going on as well on top of everything else. as for the military solution. the trip to libya not only does it have two governments there are some suggestions it has three
because there's an additional government in tripoli which refuses to acknowledge the authorities of the other two are led by another somewhat islamist faction and that the it's called the government of national salvation so and then we have city states. which the only ones that could really intervene against have to are with me so i doubt for example about two hundred killed one hundred fifty kilometers east of tripoli and then brought out and the water to the west of tripoli to under the highway it goes to tunisia so the situation is extremely i don't see how some military action will be avoided. this is not nine hundred sixty nine when gadhafi led his coup. very peacefully taking over from the king who was absent and by the way the other interesting thing is general khalifa haftar is an american
citizen has been an asset for the cia and was part of the initial revolution of one nine hundred sixty nine that led gadhafi to power so. to come is a very. interesting let's call it situation we live in has been in a state of turmoil for a number of years has there since the fall of the gadhafi government there are as you mentioned multiple factions that have been has been infighting territories been captured recaptured if tripoli falls where could this lead could always look at the possibility of another western intervention by ups. well. if right now or have to her is in the town of guardian which is about one hundred kilometers south of tripoli in the hills just at the beginning of the desert i've been there actually a few times. but he's close to tripoli. there could be i'm
not sure just how much of support that sort of enjoys within tripoli and in general to pollute any and have been accommodating in the past to in these situations it's the more and i'm more afraid of the militias in other that i mentioned earlier and as for western intervention the biggest loser in this situation is italy because italy has close relations to the government and it has important oil assets which are all in western libya so the biggest gainers are france. and in some ways egypt and russia has been helping have to some ways so and but it was france and the u.k. and the united states that led the invasion the coup the attacks against
libya in two thousand and eleven. at the time prime minister berlusconi of italy actually urged restraint understanding that italy would be a huge loser. without. in tripoli depends a lot on libyan energy pipelines there are huge oil wells and khalifa haftar and over one of the main oil wells it's called el feel in the elephant. as he's coming he went south moved west and now he's coming back north in an attempt i don't think this is going to be he's going to back down and certainly outside interests are of very key here i just want to briefly talk about the timing of all this because there's going to be a un backed reconsideration conference due to be held in libya later this month is the timing of general haftar attack or march on tripoli significant here and do you think peace can be achieved under such circumstances the aim of the conference is
to hold elections is that even a realistic possibility. well not now i don't think this conference can go through . i mean we don't know if general have to reach all the way to go beyond which is you have to understand tobruk and benghazi the main cities of the have to our government are about one hundred to one thousand two hundred kilometers away from tripoli and the march has been. somewhat like hannibal he went he didn't go straight to falling because they went south into the desert deep into the desert moving. trying to secure control of the loose wire ignatius. because of course we have the southern militias as well as the northern ones on top of everything else and then he's moving back up this is a this is an important operation he's not. just as a tourist. i think he's the timing is definitely clear he wants to stop that
conference from happening or at least going to that conference with a position but a very very strong position where he can make the rules and in fact determine the future of the country if he can manage to stick to do what gadhafi did which is to secure control of the various tribes and militias because that's really the key to controlling libya here indeed seems like history does have a habit of repeating itself especially in post post intervention libya independent happiness i was under a bruno thanks for that today on r.t. you're very welcome on the program. and the number of people killed in flash floods in the southwest of iran has risen to sixty two the deluge which started two weeks ago has swept away key infrastructure and local aid organizations say sanctions are preventing vital help from getting through. through the helicopters we try to move
people from the dangerous area to the safe areas actually be set up the camps and we distribute the tents for the four temporarily sheltering of the people and as well as a distribution of relief items well actually it is a living basically attempts were affected people they run their cars on society they have their partner one hundred ninety one national society that our partner and we somehow we receive some condolences from them and in some cases like jemera wells we are going to receive relief bullets from jarrett brass and talk with christian talk to us and send relief items and we have some some others just a few others that they announced their readiness to dispatch their relief items we have not received any one any any in in our accounts you to the sanctions i can say and so there are a lot of people in our broad that wants to help us and want to donate their money
especially iranian people who are living abroad but they cannot use our foreign currency at the iranian foreign ministry confirmed that sanctions were hampering relief efforts in the region. since groovy accounts of iran red crescent have been frozen by u.s. sanctions no one can send the financial aid from overseas. the statement made by the reigning foreign ministry came on monday the u.s. government though says iran only has itself to blame for its failure to cope with the flooding rather than helping its currently drafting new sanctions.
these floods once again showed the level of the iranian regime mismanagement in urban planning and emergency preparedness the regime blames outside entities when in fact it is mismanagement this led to this disaster that even jail environmentalist's for attempting to help iran prepare for these very issues.
washington's latest attempts to ramp up the pressure on venezuela raising concerns in some european countries madrid slammed the decision to allow u.s. citizens to sue foreign firms working cuba a nation which has stood by venezuela's leader nicolas maduro spain's foreign minister outlined his objections in a meeting with u.s. officials. spain rita rates it's firm rejection as a matter of principle to the extraterritorial application of national sanction boards considering it contrary to international law the us secretary of state has since then else the law won't change or the changes won't come into effect until may the first it had been expected in mid april low reason has been given so far for those changes the us decision to allow the lawsuits relates to cuba's
confiscation of american property following the lloyds in fifty dollar revolution so part of the old trumps prussia campaign ought to have either over its decision to back with europe. controlled by the cuban military or protected by a private army of children so. well and. cuban that's one. reader of spanish history at the university of newcastle. thinks there's a high charles the us will worsen its trade relations with the e.u. over this decision. this britain interest line. and the united states are going to be probably probably if we actually have. and then another nation in. international law because foreign policy you know it's
been wrapped in the last and last years and he should confirm who it really seriously whether it's war. action and risk. a commercial war a trade war without. end union that's ever sour thanks for staying tuned for the team and myself join us again in thirty minutes for the latest global news update. china has arrived in europe in a very big way and not everyone in the west welcomes this italy's support of china's belgian road initiative is a game changer the washington consensus that has dominated the world for the past seven decades is being challenged to turn to the east continues.
u.s. veterans who come back from war often tell those same stories. were going after the people who were killing civilians they were not interested in the wellbeing of their own soldiers either they're already several generations of them so i just got this memo from the circulated branches off that says we're going to attack and destroy the government and seven countries in five years americans pay for the wars with their money others with their lives if we were willing to go into harm's way and willing to risk being killed for a war then surely we can risk some discomfort or an easy for.