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really shouldn't why you should care about you and. this is why you should care what you're only. a new round of accusations over syria as the mascot's insist rebels and foreign mercenaries are behind the alleged chemical attack accusing washington of lying over claims it has and i will evidence of government involvement. a military strike could happen within days as western warships and fighter jets gather on syria's doorstep with the u.s. and britain primed for action if you when inspectors confirm the chemical attack took place. also greece needs another massive money boost from europe just as the people of germany get fed up with explanations on why it's ok to pour in their cash. and it's take off for the skies high tap
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at the world's finest aircraft and best pile is dishonest go for one of the years he airshows. to six pm in the russian capital you're watching r t with me. now the blame game surrounding the alleged chemical attack in syria is gathering pace syria's foreign minister insists that rebels and foreign mercenaries fighting with them are behind the alleged atrocity once again refuting washington assertion that it was the regime accountable assault claims have already damaged efforts to find a peaceful solution with the u.s. postponing a meeting with russia to discuss the revival of talks in geneva are just losing confidence has more and up. russia and the u.s. have been scheduled to meet in the hague on wednesday now this is to discuss setting up an international conference on finding
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a political solution to the crisis in syria now on monday a u.s. state department official indicated that the meeting would be postponed because of ongoing consultations over an alleged chemical weapons attack in syria and that russian meanwhile had expressed regret about that decision the deputy foreign minister had said that working out the political parameters for a resolution on syria would be especially useful now with the threat of force hanging over that country the russian foreign minister foreign ministry spokesman had also issued a statement tuesday in which he called on the international community to show quote prudence over the crisis and to observe international law urging against a potential military intervention now the intense international pressure does come on the heels of reports of a chemical weapons strike that may have killed over a thousand people in syria now a team of u.n. experts have actually arrived to damascus three days prior to that incident there were supposed to investigate a different incident and then there were reports of
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a mass poisoning in a suburb legibly killing hundreds of people the team did go on to investigate that attack but came under fire on monday as they were heading to the area they were able to reach the site to collect samples and to interview some witnesses but they weren't able to stay there very long just in half an hour and of course we have to keep in mind that their missions mandate is really to determine whether chemical weapons were used in the incident not to assign blame on who was responsible for using those weapons now in some of the most aggressive language used by the washington administration the secretary of state john kerry had accused the syrian government of indiscriminate slaughter of civilians that efforts to cover up its responsibility for what he called a cowardly crime he. also said that the use of weapons chemical weapons against civilians and see. it was undeniable that the obama administration would hold the syrian government accountable for what he called
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a moral obscenity now russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov has warned very strongly against pre-judgment about the use of chemical weapons he also said that intervention or any potential intervention by the u.s. or its allies in the syrian conflict without a u.n. resolution would be what he called a very grave violation of international law and wrists repeating past mistakes so he also sort of raise some questions about the timing of the incident and why there was such strong international pressure on action now as opposed to earlier when the reports of the alleged chemical separate chemical attack incident had arisen the syrian foreign minister spoke in damascus and he lashed out at the international community saying that syria would defend itself with what he called available means that the tapped unclear exactly what that be he accused the british foreign minister giving the wrong information to the public about syria's use of chemical weapons he also claims about the u.s.
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secretary of state john kerry had no evidence that syria sanction the use of weapons so i'm unclear if those remarks are going to make much of a difference in the. international decision making process at the moment but those are some of the things that he said in that press conference all are also signs of increased readiness for a military onslaught against the yasid regime in syria western powers have reportedly informed the syrian opposition the strike might come within the next few days and that as british warships are being deployed to the u.k.'s air base in cyprus which is less than two hundred kilometers from the syrian coast artist has or so he joins us now from london with more on this so tessa what else is happening to back up these reports that london is preparing for a military operation. well events are developing fast and statements coming from the parties involved are also moving fast reuters have reported that the syrian
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national coalition was told by western powers that a strike is to be expected within days now that report does not name which individual from the s.n.c. was told that whoever goes on to report that they had the s.n.c. had already provided a western governments with a list of potential targets in the event of a missile strike now in the meantime the a british government has confirmed that the british armed forces are indeed drawing up contingency plans for a serious strike the british parliament also has been recalled for a session on thursday david cameron the prime minister had come back early from a holiday and the downing street said that cameron will not be bound by evidence from u.n. weapons inspectors now we know that as far as the british parliament is concerned there already have been in the past a lot of reluctance it has today from some members of parliament over any military intervention in syria sort of be interesting to see what kind of debate or discussion that will have a thursday and on wednesday cameron will share a national security council meeting which will include senior military chiefs and
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cabinet members to discuss to finalize the options on any missile strike in syria now all of this while the guardian newspaper had reported earlier that there has been increased activity surrounding the airbase of the british government in cyprus this is just about one hundred miles one hundred sixty kilometers from syria the guardian reports cited some residents saying that in the last forty eight hours they have seen an increased number increased activity as well as spotting of c one thirty transport planes by some commercial pilots now also reuters have reported that the u.s. navy has been expanding its mediterranean presence with a fourth a ship there this is the white house that has confirmed that barack obama the president is weighing a military strike against syria that would be of limited scope and duration they say that no more than two days and it will. c. launched cruise missiles in addition to the u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel had told the b.b.c. in an interview that the u.s.
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is set to act instantly should president obama order a military action against syria another report coming from the us is from n.b.c. which cites sources within the u.s. government that an airstrike is possible as early as thursday and let's look at the international law surrounding this possible intervention we know that up to until this point a military intervention has not been possible because there has been no international agreement at the u.n. security council however countries like turkey britain and france are indicating that it could still be possible even without at the u.n. the french foreign minister lost by blue said so that in some circumstances it can be bypassed by international law as defined by the u.n. how exactly that will be interpreted we'll have to see as it gets clearer in the next few days and what we're bringing to you right now are reports from the various sources and outlets that of the parties and the parties involved but what's clear really is that there is a flurry of activity of that military action is seriously being considered right now against syria or i just thank so much for doing all this research and just our
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so you're reporting from london there was earlier i talked to nigel frosh who is the leader of the panel's party and. he told me that the british government made up its mind about interfering in syria long before the alleged chemical attack came about. it from the very start it's been the british government particular shape of william hague and indeed david cameron himself who throughout the entire international community have been the keenest to get involved in syria you know whether it's arming the rebels or now as we see today a build up of warplanes in cyprus preparations for cruise missile attacks this government the british government has been the keenest of anybody to intervene in syria because government made their minds up that's why you've got the build up in cyprus today part of it's being recalled because i think that throughout the conservative party i didn't deed throughout the large sections of the media in
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britain you know the questions being asked please prime minister can you tell us what are the aims and objectives of this mission how can you guarantee that we will become more deeply embroiled and so i'm hoping that in forty eight hours time when the british parliament meets we get some answers to those questions but i have to say that ever since tony blair's time starting off with we seem to go in for foreign walls with alarming regularity often having no really clear objectives or any idea how we're going to withdraw and i'm sure that if we do go into military action without un security council approval it will be a role that goes on for decades but ultimately international law itself is not going to stop the british and the french and perhaps the americans if they choose to do something already spoke to hans blix who had the un's weapons inspection team to iraq before and during the two thousand and three u.s. led invasion he says there is a campaign in the media to forest governments to interfere in syria but the real
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purpose of intervention will be far from defending civilians there. i think that the public opinion and the media in the west will be pressuring the their governments to do something they say that this is such a horrible thing that there must be a punishment there must be action you cannot sit with your hands just folded so the public say that you know you must call the police we will call for a world police but the question is who is the world police this is the united states is it nato it should be the security council and after an intervention of this could take place i don't exclude those don't happen what will they do will just have been a punch on the nose and then telling the beleaguered city of syria that they go back and continue fight the war the mandate is to establish whether chemical weapons have been used to or not and the way they go about that is that they go to
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sites and they may take samples of dust and of water and they will have to analyze that ascended to independent lab orators to lab orders they cannot just accept the samples given to them from some rebels or from some site that will not take them tape tell them who committed the attack but at least it will be able to tell them that yes the chemicals were used we see it as in the main as a contest between rebels and the government in syria but of course the intervention is there it is in large measure a arresting match between saudi arabia and iran and on that wresting much the u.s. is on the side of saudi arabia because they would like to isolate iran certainly saudi arabia is not in in syria to work for human rights it is there because they want to weaken iran that's the main purpose i think the yes you know i think you're
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right in saying that iran and the and the usa u.s. and russia or to get together and to try to to sort out and to get a solution for syria might even make it less difficult to solve the nuclear problem concerning iran. while some countries seem to be leaning towards a military strike on syria even without a u.n. mandate others including russia and italy say such actions without security council approval would breach international law are going to count takes a look back at for him u.s. military ventures that followed that route. the obama administration is looking for ways to intervene in syria without a mandate from the united nations the president's national security advisors bring up the nato bombings of former yugoslavia as a possible blueprint for an intervention in syria you may not remember at the time none of the nato states that participated in the bombings of former yugoslavia offered legal justifications for their actions it was labeled
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a humanitarian intervention and with the help of a very one sided media campaign it was engraved in the public memory especially in the west as a success story and little has been reported that the humanitarian intervention turned into a humanitarian catastrophe on the ground what some call a success was two months of bombings thousands of people dead as a result both serbs and kosovo albanians went after seventy eight days of nato bombings serb forces withdrew from kossovo there was an ethnic cleansing of nearly a quarter of a million serbs and other minorities from cos of all allied forces used cluster bombs attacked civilian infrastructure including power plant bridges factories the headquarters of serve radio and television in belgrade even the chinese embassy and yet despite all the destruction and casualties washington saw it as a victory and with the same bravado several years later the u.s. made the case for a unilateral intervention in iraq in that case it did not even bother to seek a u.n.
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approval washington presented false evidence and went on with the mission to remove saddam hussein from power nearly two hundred thousand iraqis died as a result of that intervention millions lost their homes and two hundred thousand is a modest estimate iraqis continue to die in terror attacks every day and most recently in the nato went beyond its un mandate and effectively carried out a regime change what was called the humanitarian intervention resulted in a nation engulfed in chaos and terror. those are the precedents that washington has to look back to when considering an action in syria in washington i'm going to stick around and more news ahead including one of the world's largest air shows that's underway in moscow.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to operations throughout the day .
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welcome back this is our t. now from the world's most agile jet fighters to pound during tomorrow's passengers it's time for one of the largest every asian events of the year planes for more than forty countries state of the art era space technology and of course astonishing aerial acrobatics all of this just outside moscow at an all max air show and our team lindsey friends is there. max has reached its twentieth year here in russia what it's really about is bringing civil groups and militaries from around the world together to share ideas
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both can push the boundaries and the future also it's about discussing expansion from both sides if you take for example this aircraft. it's about meshing the utility side of things it can haul heavy equipment and supplies long distances and it's also about transporting personnel with the comfort of these leather seats it's going to draw interest from the civil side and the military one of the biggest draws every year is the flight program this year eighty two russian aircraft will hit the skies doing aerobatic routines that will be five jet teams twenty aircraft from foreign countries will also have the skies will be three different teams one from france one from china and one from all over europe and it just goes to show that no matter what is in the skies or on the ground after twenty years max is still going strong. well over half a million visitors are expected at the airshow to see cutting edge jets perform
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some breathtaking maneuvers it's not all about the spectacle in the sky there will also be some multibillion dollar deal struck by airline a military chiefs well our team is there for you throughout the week to keep you posted. greece may need another ten billion euros to patch the hole in its budget to fulfill the e.u. designed debt relief program but after six long years of recession and the economy barely showing any life signs it's hard to see what the huge cash injections it's had so far have achieved well the world crisis of two thousand and eight left athens almost broke but international creditors decided not to pull the plug and
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agreed to a one hundred ten billion euro loan greece accepted it had to accept it had to wield the axe accepting a staring and another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly and if the beginning of the turmoil saw public debt brought in to one hundred twenty nine percent of the country's g.d.p. the extra aid boosted by more than a quarter all to talk more about how greece is coping with the debt we're now joined live by journalist artist churches to find a think is a macho ours for joining us here on r.t. to discuss the situation in your country well how have the two bailouts the two massive bailouts of the country had so far and the dad right down to help it. actually what happened during the last two or three years during this so-called salvation for you it was the day greece became its onkyo for foreign intervention and foreign help. the is the outcome of the last two headed but
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i.m.f. and e.c.b. sent actually destroyed the infrastructure of the country and now we need more money because at some point we have to understand that. that is simply unsustainable after three years of. salvation we have a bit more than three hundred twenty million euros which is much higher than when we started in two thousand and nine and as a percentage of g.d.p. it's even higher it's about one hundred eighty per cent in comparison with one hundred fifteen started in two thousand and nine and you know if these sounds like . a difficult to grasp for your audience let's give some other exam you see you know after september the first the greek supermarkets we'd be allowed to sell out the food food that had expired actually it's. nor there from the government
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it's like saying to the book relation look eat the garbage because i'm going to use the money just to save it for a bank as well as they are is the situation is really aggravating their country but you know. the downside of being alone is that you have to pay them back so how is a country going to do that what resources does it how. it's simply impossible anymore during the three hundred twenty billion so and it was impossible even in two thousand and nine everybody knew that but they wanted to bring greece into that only foreign banks were selling germany france and some other countries and other financial institutions during this period of time they just managed to change the characteristics of the law and to impose more strict soon as for a very pay it was impossible from the first day and they knew about the only. two default but to do that not make a haircut that would be controlled by the e.c.b.
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or the i.m.f. but deforms having the greek people in control of the procedure and i'm saying that because they are trying to find some other solutions you know with her. for the last few days from the president of the. german industrialists that they just want to send the greek public property to the c.m. to the european stability mechanism and take everything in case that greece won't be able to repay the debt but we know that we cannot repay this debt ok let's take a look at a different scenario here i mean do you think greece would be better off outside of the eurozone with its own currency. in our analysis the euro zone was was one of the major factors that create the least bit because don't forget the eurozone creates deficits and debt to the european very very well at the same time creates hairpieces to be european core so we were saying from two thousand and nine
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two thousand and ten that we should leave the eurozone again in our parents and not in terms imposed by early in brussels or any other place in europe it destroyed again the infrastructure of the greek economy not only of the greek economy the same thing happened in spain portugal and ireland all of the countries that took the strait jacket off. of the monetary union all right aristarchus upon a thank you so much for talking to us here on r t about the straightening greeks. while they have a major russian company has been arrested in belarus he was invited to meet government officials but was detained on arrival at the airport it's thought his arrest maybe his decision to break off a partnership with a state firm there or he's now accused of causing about one hundred million dollars in damages artist katie pilgrim has details ahead of your account has been snatched at the airport being being thought to be the first hostage and the so-called death
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potash wall so the saying now i just want to give you a bit of a background to this he's accused of abusing his power in the partnership that klaus was in your account. bellerose cali together this cartel accounted for over a third of the global twenty three billion dollar industry and that partnership fell apart at the end of july when your i can accuse the other producer of undermining the cells that's the business part of it so getting a little bit political at the moment is moscow's not too happy about where the action is somewhat theory looking at t.v. one of those riches powerful people in handcuffs you know surrounded by batteries please i think that the deputy prime minister hugo chavez of he's saying that it's all inappropriate and not fitting as have partnerships it's a little bit out of hand or a spy thriller going on as we go to some other stories from around the world starting with bormio were fierce clashes have erupted between protesters and riot police farmers there are demanding that agricultural laws be revamped and have cold
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forebear working conditions riot squads use tear gas and the taunts to force a stone throwing demonstrators off the street meanwhile the country's president has agreed to negotiate with the protesters following a week of mass rallies. time on fighters in afghanistan have executed twelve people in two provinces for working for the government all the victims were engineers and drivers who operated under a world bank funded program aimed at improving the local economy the rising number of attacks against civilians has sparked concerns over security when most foreign troops pull out in two thousand and fourteen. on just a couple of minutes r.t. takes you to explore a russian village that's frozen in time. sometimes
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it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power can really do against the system but you never go and fact if you remember tour discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well shift jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist portrayal of russians in the game company of heroes two well well the rage actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the change dot org petition that game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing
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is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash flow they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's just my opinion. in russia summertime means. russians love their family country houses at the end of the working week millions of people head straight for the peace and quiet of the villages a chance to recharge the batteries take a did and escape the hustle and bustle. bus if like me you're not lucky enough to have your own dacha little countryside are not isn't too hard to find. around two hundred kilometers from st petersburg there's a holiday village that promises beautiful old houses a warm river and
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a complete break from city life it's called mundra and it's supposed to be a place to turn back time and leave the warnings of the twenty first century behind . although it turns out that trying to live the simple life isn't always quite as simple as it seems. hello. are you going to mundra game i am can i get a lift with the hope on. when you're heading deep into a forest a taxi can only take you so far you need a different kind of.


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