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nato refunds it's not going to take part in a military campaign against syria they say you are so nuclear aircraft carrier has a serious direction meanwhile. revelations that a british company was granted a license to export potential no gas agents to syria the government here they think tough questions about how that was allowed to happen. also the sound of a thousand days in confinement house arrest time spent in the london prison and now limbo in backward or an embassy is the price we can leaks founder julian assange has paid in his bottle full transparency. and radiation japan's fukushima nuclear plant has spikes to lethal levels so to be enough to kill in just two hours books by osha.
international news live from moscow this is the with me you know i should probably welcome to the program. nato has again said it's not going to take part in possible military action against the syrian government adding that if allies individually opt for you to venture they will need to win wide public support meanwhile america's navies continuing to step up its presence in the region ahead of the congressional vote on the issue it comes as president obama called for strikes against assad's government leaving the wall door open even of those no eventual approval from lawmakers a nuclear powered aircraft carriers now in the red sea to support their talk on syria would its accompanied by a five smaller warships with tomahawk cruise missiles the same carry group took
part in the u.s. military operation in afghanistan that currently. loaded with missiles in the mediterranean along with an amphibious assault ship unless of the u.n. in syria has asked the world body to prevent american aggression marie if an ocean has been finding out how the how the threat of intervention in the country is affecting syrians. tomorrow next week next month series wondering if or when america's missiles will strike and what the aftermath will be but for many people here it doesn't pay to linger on what tomorrow will bring because the resolve ready award today. michel will lead not his real name has a nice apartment in an upmarket area of damascus but a year ago he moved into the hotel his running for safety reasons after a family member was kidnapped by what he says were members of an al qaeda linked
group we don't feel safe of course not because of. of. the stripe we've got at the last rock they are throwing these things against civilians and that's very bad and have had a looser is considered to be one of the most successful and aggressive opposition forces promote in fundamental islam and proclaiming the end of the assad regime they are believed to hold several districts around damascus where they engage in almost daily battles with government troops both the u.n. and the u.s. and others consider it a terrorist organization a treaty i see that america should side because we are fighting terrorism america doesn't agree i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets but that's just another entry on a long list of daily concerns which already includes terror attacks not pains and
killings those living in residential areas of damascus say several days ago they started receiving letters like this one advising them to clear their basements in preparation for now no one i spoke to who likely would follow the finest syrians may vote with their feet when the bombs start to fall but for now they've got plenty of other things to worry about. race nationality reporting from damascus and . syria. and for dates all are on season or if you notional twitter has been attempting to find out how other countries in the region would response to a u.s. strike on syria. in the in the. it's been revealed that a british funds approved the sale of chemicals to syria which can be used to make the sarin nerve agent that was this substance allegedly used during last month's attack near damascus which is central to washington's case for military action
licenses to some of the chemicals were granted to a u.k. company although they were never actually delivered and here's what the department of business skills and innovation told us about this they claim the company which ordered these chemicals proved to them they were only going to be used to make window frames and new medium showers it's not clear who exactly was to receive these shipments nor the name of the company which was set to provide the compound. has the details for us. business secretary vince cable certainly going to be facing some tough questions over these revelations that the british government who granted export licenses to as yet unnamed british company now this was for substances to be sent to syria and it was due to so-called chilled use substances and that was potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride and both these agents can be used as
precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas nerve those export license is granted by the department the business innovation of girls is reported in january the seventeenth and eighteenth and that license valid for six months in two thousand and twelve when the civil war in syria was already raging but he's concerned anyway again about these suspected chemical weapons stockpiles a map of some of the suspected sites there of course huge concern about what the syrian government could potentially be doing with those chemical weapons but of course also that some of those sites could fall into the wrong hands if the situation gets ever more complex but it's thought here today there are going to be questions tabled in parliament really runs through and scrutinize exactly how these licenses for chemical agents that could be used in the types of weapons that the syrian government is being accused of using on their own people who granted.
and robertson is a scottish national party and the who wants to further examine this issue in the british parliament and let's now hear what he has to say about this mr robertson welcome to r.c.s. good to have you with us so what steps do you want to see how than to ensure this matter is investigated further. well we now have the british government as your previous report. has explained the british government has given an explanation that an export license was granted for the export of chemicals that were supposedly bone for a company based in syria that was involved in manufacturing processes that would require chemicals like that i'm still concerned however because of course the export licenses were issued at a time when the situation in syria had already deteriorated and this issue has just
been raised in in the house of parliament which your viewers will be able to see behind me during defense questions where defense ministers had to explain why it was that the u.k. would even consider granting an export license and there's also a parallel development to this which is that ministers are having to acknowledge that the u.k. trained senior. military officers in the u.k. over a number of years both of these cases sure to me an utter inconsistency on the basis of decisions that have been taken here in london i think it's quite right to draw attention to the appalling record off the government however u.k. government decisions over recent years have shown that they have been prepared to work with our government and i think they're frankly smacks of hypocrisy right but
we've just seen a statement out which they developmental business skills and innovation centers send they say the recipient proved the chemicals work for civilian use only not for military use and licenses were revoked when sanctions so probably how can you comment on that very quickly. probably there is no problem well i would comment on the fact that the u.k. rescinded the export licenses when the european union told the u.k. to do it so thank goodness for the european union intervening frankly the problem is that the u.k. was prepared to grant an export license in the first place and of course the u.k. has form in this sort of thing being prepared to sell military hardware and other. things that can be used for the production of weapons and in this case chemicals which could in circumstances be used to produce chemical weapons and we
do have to ask ourselves don't we why with the situation having already deteriorated so badly that the u.k. was even prepared to grant an export license where these chemicals do have the potential jewel use yes for manufacturing purposes but also for the production of chemical weapons right and we don't know who actually received these chemicals as you say that could this syrian rebels have got hold of them and use them to make these sarin gas themselves. goodness me that it's impossible to tell from this distance but i i think in this particular case i think the u.k. government has confirmed the circumstances in which the export license was issued but have also said that the export itself did not take place so the chemicals themselves did not make them their way to syria that is at least what we're being told i have no reason to doubt that but i think it is important to get to the bottom of this and that's why these questions are being asked and they're being us from people in different political parties my party for what it's worth is one of
those reflecting the great majority of opinion both in scotland and the rest of the u.k. who are deeply skeptical about involving ourselves in the dreadful situation on the ground in syria and exacerbating the situation i think we are very focused on wanting to ensure that there should be an initiative that brings all the belligerence to the negotiating table and in this regard to really is down to all countries that are able to exercise influence on the different sides in the sides of the conflict and of course the united states and the u.k. are on that list but but so is russia and so is iran and so i would use this opportunity on russia today to appeal to all countries that have influence to focus on trying to move things forward on a diplomatic and agreed to be and also work even harder to try and a million rate the awful humanitarian catastrophe both in syria and in the neighboring countries there for so many of the literally hundreds of thousands of
displaced people who've had to leave this terrible war to mr robertson thank you very much indeed for clarifying those issues for us. as reports head. to the mediterranean to gather information on the escalating conflict meanwhile the country's lawmakers have suggested launching dialogue with you ask colleagues thomas has more now on the reaction from the russian leadership . it seems that russia is proactively trying to get involved in coming up with a global solution on the problem of syria in fact putin agrees to send a lawmakers to the united states to meet with congress to discuss the situation on the ground in syria and saying that only through open dialogue and communication between these two countries where there has been pretty much a stalemate at the u.n. security council they can come up with
a solution that is agreeable to both the united states and to russia and of course to syria as well now this comes after sergey lavrov addressed students at moscow state university of foreign relations today being the first day of class and he started off with some broad general statements about the western position on the middle east saying that the policies are inconsistent and that there are double standards that exist but specifically speaking to the idea of the united states having evidence saying that it was the assad regime that used chemical weapons inside syria he said that it just does not pan out in fact he said there's no concrete evidence no locations were given no names were given no specifics of any kind and listen to his own words about what he had to say and so we believe we've seen these papers there is no evidence it's it was just accusations if you have read any super secret data well you need to remove the secrecy because we're
talking about war and peace now the big news also is that lavrov talked about the situation in march back in aleppo where the russia believed that it was the syrian rebels that used chemical weapons that pointing to evidence that russian. experts had looked at saying that the ordinance that were used were not manufactured by any professional company the gas that was used was also not done on a professional grade suggesting that it was the rebels that used chemical weapons at that point in time then russia wanted a u.n. investigation but it seemed to what he says his western part. on the u.n. security council didn't seem interested in investigating back then in march but now . reiterated russia's position and strongly is against intervention and putin now saying that perhaps as congress goes through a debate in the next coming weeks and the vote goes to congress russian lawmakers will be a part of that conversation as well. i don't ever think you need to know about
holds going on and iran syria is on our website go to n.c. dot com for our live updates on the chemical weapons crisis that and also coming up the lacing the program within hours of exposure and latest inspections show radiation levels have been devastated for when you can blow and inch upon eighteen times higher than just over a week ago and also to come. one thousand days and counting ballots how long we can be expanded to then a son has spent under house arrest in the london jail and in the ecuadorian embassy all the details up to a very short break. it was a. very hard to take a. look at he ever had sex with the earthquake
it will all see it's coming to you live from moscow welcome back house arrest a short spell in the london jail and trapped in the u.k.'s ecuadorian embassy that's where we can make founder julian assange has spent the past one thousand days he's hoping to avoid extradition to sweden where he's wanted on sex crime allegations and. spit on british soil he'll most likely be arrested immediately and there are also fears that a son should face espionage charges in the uighurs because his sight revealed so much damning information about how the country operates with leaks. and told us the outcome on there were some type proffer whistleblower trial has them worried about a soldier's fate. it is quite all abuse if you'll read through the transcript of the trial against chelsea manning and see what kind of arguments were raised there and how often we could use was in that mentioned in the trial that there is
a very strong possibility that the next target is jury mossad's and it might also already be an indictment against. in our organization we see yes well the escalating war against to those who commit the act of journalism and this is escalating from month to month the argument is this the bradley manning was the first whistle blower and he was history who was been. prosecuted and found guilty on the basis of. journalists will come next it could possibly be wiki leaks all the media organizations it's a real possibility and we nor ball do on the investigation in the u.s. into wiki leaks which has been now going on for three years and probably cost. quite a sum of money because it has been. associated as the one of the biggest criminal
investigation in lots of times in the u.s. so it is a very worrying situation now and if you missed anything on i you can always get the full picture on our website and here's some of what else is lined up there for you right now getting high about falling like a new report says u.k. has become the object of europe with some very statistics of alcohol and drug consumption among brits get the full picture on our website. these people are seeing a rat in a celebration of the color of their hand you can wash his darling display in for an l.b.o. agency. t.v. . radiation and chuck has devastated a plant is eighteen times higher than just over a week ago it's believed to be enough to kill anyone exposed in just four hours new equipment on scientists have to be dangerous radiation levels around tunks which
still toxic water at their plans over a to tepco has a way of criticism for its handling of the cleanup of the facility damaged by powerful ass quake and tsunami back in last twenty levon last month authorities admitted a massive amount of rain to actually water they have links into the ocean there also claims up to three hundred tons of contaminated water is seeping into the pacific from fukushima every day japan's prime minister has promised the government would have stepped out in managing the build up of the huge amounts of razor actually water is used to call down melted fuel rods from the damage to react says independent nuclear consultant sean burney believes this is haitian and the facility is far from being under control. to him so. there will be no one as if you can see it again with a very complex three reactor. and speak to use it could be not enough workers in
site the workers don't. need to be told about the. word this is a plot you need to get works. you get it you want absolute certainty the money straight. seems to be trying to do as much caesium it's very dangerous you don't get three times as much as was released by the. one city in the treaty. site. egypt's president mohamed morsi will stand trial for inciting violence and the murder of protesters back in december and on with other members of the muslim brotherhood meanwhile the country's army branch of government has set up a panel to revise egypt's constitution with the brotherhood refusing to participate and the country has suffered from violence in recent months with closures occurring between supporters and opponents of the former is the us president independent
journalist and political analyst shahira min believes only concessions from both sides in the conflict can resolve the political crisis violence can only breed violence i see the only way out as consolation as you know marginalize ation and isolation of the muslim brotherhood can only lead to more protests and more violence so i think only negotiations and that is the only way out of the political crisis right now. we see you know hundreds of. thousands of muslim brotherhood supporters islamists not just muslim brotherhood but other islamist groups and they cannot be left out of the political process this can only lead to a deadlock an impasse really but i believe that there have to be concessions on both sides the muslim brotherhood if it wants to survive this crisis has to make
concessions and join the good sea ations otherwise they will be left out in the cold and the government as well must reach out otherwise they would be making the very same mistake that morsi made when he isolated the liberal opposition. it's maybe one of the most popular tourist destination as in the world but the infamous attitude of the french could be doing the country's tourism trade home so much so that in these dire economic times drive has been launched to get locals to smile and encourage travelers to spend more. reports. coming up are you. smiling faces the belie a troubled economy with the number of job seekers rising to three point one eight million in july from the twenty seventh month in a row in a budget deficit the government can barely rein in france has been walking on eggshells since europe's economic crisis hit but there is
a small respite visit in the street painters of more modern paris is the last for any tourist in the city francis clench a title of world's top destination in two thousand and twelve with eighty three million visitors and thirty three million in paris alone but the numbers may not be enough as the reality is not always up to a car with a dream. of a city like known as much for its beauty as its unfriendliness at the extreme end of it a few years ago dozens of japanese tourists were reported to have been struck with the so-called paris syndrome they were so badly affected by rude encounters that they had to be repatriated back to japan in the state of shock. paris is beautiful it's wonderful but the reason siren they have to change this because they're running revenue from to emerge from other people that they're rude but i haven't had any reading counters myself i'm shocked at the behavior of some people profit posed to be tourism professionals i won't get into details but really i'm shocked
at the attitude we've given me. to do or is it making up more than seven percent of the french gross domestic product tourist officials in the country's capital decided to attempt the naysayers claim is impossible giving those who work in the service industry to be more wasn't. a good thing was launched this summer in paris called do you speak to its. drivers and shopkeepers on how to behave towards their city's guests giving them country by country advice on what is expected from them. it is important for everyone involved in parents' economy to treat tourists better regardless of their nationality in order to make them want to come back and to spend more. and that's precisely where france lags behind the competition despite being the number one destination the un world tourism organization found out that visitors to the u.s.
spend twice as much as those who travel to france and fewer people making the journey to the states that the loss of revenue is proving twice as costly as europe continues to struggle with a debt crisis that seriously endangering the french economy this paris taxi driver insists though that while the do speak tourist is a good idea creating a positive experience is not a one way street. over. first of all for us taxi drivers that are passengers who are very excuse me for saying so annoying. something they may simply have to accept with a smile if they want to hold on to one of its economic basis i mean this move losing hands but it's important to remember the good manners costs nothing as france is learning bad manners maybe very pricey indeed. tester sylvia r.t. paris. and just out of the break will be the russian man who gave fashionable
friends to stay with us here. many gay bars are starting to refuse to sell russian vodka as a means of protesting the homosexual propaganda laws in russia as i've said before boycotts are a great way to put pressure on people but are they putting pressure on the right people. not only is it racist to assume that hurting the vodka flow will deal a massive blow to the russian economy but it is also racist to think that any vodka with a russian sounding name is itself russian and many videos angry gay bartenders were pouring stolichnaya vodka which should be pronounced by the way onto the ground in a fury but if those bartenders would take a closer look at the labels they would see that exported stoli is produced in bold
in latvia by the s.p.i. group not in russia also according to the n.p.t. group beverage alcohol report the most popular vodka in america with a russian sounding name is smirnoff which is british owned and produced and bottled in various countries around the globe including the usa itself we did support the american worker people love to panic over the hip and trendy scandal of the month but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that homosexuality itself is legal in russia and is punishable in many other countries including a death sentence in some of them and yet russia gets all the attention if people really wanted to affectively boycott any country with any laws even hinting against homosexuality they would have to hit them where it hurts and stop getting natural resources imported from countries like russia saudi arabia venezuela and iran and so on and so on that is a vastly more difficult proposition than pouring american made vodka onto the sidewalk but that's just my opinion.