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russia's foreign minister says washington is trying to blackmail moscow the u.s. has threatened to suspend work in syria's chemical design amend it does not support a u.n. resolution that allows the use of force. polls close in just under an hour's time when germany's parliamentary elections i mean reports of voter turnout has been higher than expected. rampaging mobs scream for just as in greece where the killing of a prominent undefined sparked uproar well thousands marched in a national strike against and necessary see.
the latest news on the week's top stories you're watching the weekly here on ars he with me thanks for joining us. western states are eager to again the loopholes for unilateral action against syria and don't care enough about peaceful efforts to resolve the syrian conflict that's the impression the russian foreign minister says his gains after several weeks of a diplomatic monson to avoid possible strikes against the waterholes states. cities . two weeks ago it seemed like the united states are ready to essentially strike syria then it looks like things are going to ease up just a bit and now again russia seems to be facing some sort of alley lost city especially head of the un general assembly which is to take place in new york next week so the russian foreign minister in an interview to russia's channel one has used the points that he's made before but in a very different or rather harsh manner especially when talking about the way that
the west is approaching the syrian crisis. in our american partners are starting to blackmail us to see if russia does not agree to reach up to seven resolution in the u.n. to see stop working with the chemical watchdog in the hague this completely counters what we agreed on was john kerry namely the chemical which does decision and then a supporting resolution from the u.n. a c. but without a chapter seven. all russian foreign minister said that the team of u.n. experts who were in syria last month investigating reports of alleged chemical attacks actually couldn't complete their job in its entirety caving into the pressure from the likes of the united states who seem to be determined to push their agenda in only one direction. which all parties are blinded by an ideological goals to remove the assad regime they want to show the big can call the shots in the middle east. they are mostly concerned with proving their own supremacy and not
the task that we are driven by which to solve the syrian chemical weapons problem. on top of that russian foreign minister has said that there is a high chance that the syrian rebels themselves could produce chemical weapons and homegrown laboratories has also said that those who have essentially created the syrian are continuing to cover its tracks all not whole however mr lavrov has said that it does not seem like the western powers are interested in pursuing the diplomatic solution off the matter right now. western partners are trying to forcefully push forward it was a syrian resolution. because they understand that if chapter seven is mentioned in the show is a chance for them to get approval of the un security council unilateral action which took courage them to keep calm and stop coming up with this illusion but the convention for the prohibition of chemical weapons on the back burner and that ties us girls according to the russian foreign minister of france and the united states and they didn't really need the report from the u.n. inspection team their minds were set up long before that and they have only used
that report as yet another attempt to insist that in fact it was just the syrian government that was using chemical weapons in syria even though there is absolutely no such indication in the u.n. report as my colleague mr now we now reports. chaos and violence in syria the diplomatic battle through ground in the conflict this week a u.n. investigation concluded chemical weapons were used on august the twenty first the environmental chemical medical therapy that the u.n. investigators collected provide clear and compelling evidence that the surface to surface rockets used in this attack contained the nerve agent sarin we know the regime possesses. and there is not a shred of evidence however that the opposition does.
this isn't complicated when we said we know what is true we meant it but the u.n. report doesn't blame the acid regime for the attack or mention other chemical weapons attacks allegedly carried out this summer russia claims there is still no evidence the syrian government is guilty and rather many suggestions the attack was a clever attempt by rebels to push for foreign intervention we have every reason to think that it was a provocation to the small provocation of course but the technique was very simple they use an old soviet missile which are no longer in service with the syrian army to the key thing is that the missile carries the label that you made in the u.s.s.r. russia says the u.n. report was rushed and ignores relevant evidence of other chemical attacks in syria the deputy foreign minister called in damascus this week confirmed un inspectors
were informed of this material which was killed by syria and the story was discreetly handed over to. the head of u.n. mission here mission of experts which came and investigated the incident but never did so on the three subsequent incidents and then sell strong was asked to look into the and eventually factor this new evidence into the final report of cellphones mission you can never happened in fact still the u.s. is pushing for a response based on this u.n. investigation just last week the u.s. and russia agreed to a six point plan to rid syria of its chemical weapons to mask its pledge to move forward and has so far complied a chemical weapons ploy if you like by the west and by the by the jihadist was.
was countered effectively. rusher in damascus saying ok you want to chemical weapons you've got the chemical weapons it's interesting to note is that the free syrian army disavowed that agreement and will not have the chain and you know it will and the other forces will not give up their chemical weapons in this whole dispute and then john kerry the u.s. navy state is not even pushing on that instead he is pushing on the u.n. security council to sign a strong resolution possibly even mandating force what recently seems like a small victory for diplomacy in the syria crisis a new road is slowly going back to old ways as washington continues to threaten force and moscow push for compromise the battle continues and he's now a r.t. washington. and u.k. independence party spokesman stephen wolfe told us he believes the west is pushing the whole diplomatic effort in jeopardy and he feels if a u.n.
resolution contains a threat of force the syrian government will have no other choice by to ignore. well i think the only way that it can be overcome is by actually the people of europe and the united states around the world doing exactly what they've done over the past couple of weeks when the threat of force was first initiated and that is to let their leaders their politicians know that we believe that there will be no good results of using force against syria in solving the intractable problem of the civil war it's by pressure by the public and by the people that secured this in the first instance i think we have to start again if you allow the concept of force being used in this resolution then you are pushing syria and our side against the wall they don't have a reason that sensibly to actually approach this resolution properly and hand over the chemical weapons because they will feel that whatever they do they will still be found in the wrong because they only have to look to the historical context of what happened in in afghanistan and what happened in iraq for them to think well
this will happen to to them. and also a mortar shell has had the compound of the russian embassy in damascus after the rebels carried out a strike on the capital at least three people have been injured find out more now. meanwhile an r.t. crew delves into the thick of the city and more coming up in the next hour or portal an ancient christian village which finds itself in the center of a battlefield plagued by scores of radical jihadist fighters who make up their home for the anti assad forces. and german voters have a little under an hour to cast their votes for a new national parliament poll suggest angela merkel's christian democratic union will get the most votes but if the party does do as well as predicted the real final count when her party tries to cobble together a coalition government and there are no reports now from berlin the campaign lead
out to the oil important vote stood out not because of the issues that were talked about because of the ones that were left. but there's nothing more the politicians can do it's up to the german people now to decide who will be the next chancellor of their country and perhaps more importantly just who will be taking up seats behind me in the german parliament and it's hardly been an election campaign say pulses racing it's been more notable for the major issues that were talked about than those that were things like the future of the eurozone in the ongoing crisis within the military union were hardly mentioned if at all also germany's role within europe over the coming years how will that change well if i'm going to merkel becomes the chancellor for a third time it's unlikely that i'll change too much mrs merkel has been the chief cheerleader of austerity for those cash strapped so the european countries also have the n.s.a. spying scandal now cross germany we've seen demonstrations here in burlington as
well as all of the other major cities. by people wanting answers from the german government germany was one of the main countries that was spied on by the the n.s.a. is part of their prism program no answers were forthcoming from either angle or merkel or her main challenger in this election campaign. of the social democrats particularly touched on in the lead up also the current financial situation for germans has been an increase in the amount of people in the country that would be regarded as working poor pish time to put forward a minimum wage that he wanted to see imposed that was not bought by angela merkel thing it just wouldn't work now to get into the german parliament any party just needs five percent of the vote in the past this is a lot smaller parties to get a foothold with the german politics one party to that single you make it across the threshold you could have mentioning huge employees when it comes to forming future coalitions alternative for deutschland alternative for germany or if you wrote
a skeptic party an anti euro party if they get into parliament well that could seriously affect just how who comes out with the majority deals with coalitions that have been formed now they say that they won't operate with mrs merkel unless she adopts the euro skeptic anti euro policy so that could be all very interesting to see just who comes out as part of the coalition government after this german election the polls close here at six pm local time i'll be bringing you all of the news as we get it throughout the day here on r.t. . europe's largest economy and the biggest contributor to bailouts the results of the election will revive rate far beyond germany's borders political leaders and cash strapped greece will be watching closely as the voting winds out and winds down i should say and as polls start trickling three. for four south of. when it comes to finances decisions made in germany are often felt right here in
greece and out there as maybe the birthplace of democracy ballots cast by german voters have a huge role to play in this country's future that despite two bailouts and across the board spending cuts is still struggling through one of its worst recession since the second world war unemployment just soaring and two thirds of young greeks are without work and despite to apac just west of two hundred forty billion euros revenues are still short of expectations what's more the growing consensus is that greece is unlikely to get back on its feet without more help so little third term for chancellor angela merkel mean more austerity as well starship for greece and how do people here actually feel about a potential change in leadership in europe's largest creditor nation we decided to hit the streets of athens to find out take a look at your money well you. see you. do it it's in there. it's the love of the markets polls he's hurt the greeks as well as the
germans but regardless of who wins the result will be bad for us because our politicians are weak behind me just look each one of us was intervene so much in my country that it feels like greece is controlled by foreign politicians germany in general that's a good. comment and i don't believe what was a great season time. is good so as you just heard a mix of views there although germany contributed to to bailout loans to greece models austerity policies are widely blamed for huge spending cuts and whichever way germans and up voting it certainly is likely to be felt right here in greece reporting from athens from r.t. on this the counseling of. a journalist trying can greece turn down there this week one a prominent was stomped to death the kemo was apprehended on the scene and reportedly found to be a diehard member. of the right far right golden dawn party the killing help
a train of riots around greece where the running battles between police and protesters officials quickly jumped on the bunk why don't why them painted baby may shove that down as police raided its offices golden dawn is well known for terrorizing immigrants and that's not news political opponents and george had regardless a professor of constitutional law believes the rise of extremist sentiment in greece is directly linked to the state of the economy. and the majority of the good people in this austerity measures that unfortunately the anger into despair you speak to most so their eyes of the new forests of the force is a small minority now we've got a massive demonstration of the public sector a very confident peaceful and of course not at all violent demonstration but all of that has been eclipsed eclipsed by the murder of my gun president babysitter no
fascist group the only called for greece is the reverse. of all this is going back to the mother of all european socialist state. coming up later this hour here and i'll see iraq sets a new death toll record again saturday becomes the deadliest day in the country b.c.'s some x. has blamed the near decade long u.s. led war for devastating local security that's after the break. its technology innovation all the latest developments from the round russia we've got the future covered. wealthy british style stock.
a ferocious a wave of bloodshed batters the country once again the overwhelming majority of the victims died in a string of blasts that were sure rocks shive neighborhoods most of them in the capital baghdad more than five and a half thousand people have been killed in iraq this year alone and for more let's now talk to journalist and said beg has been extensive writing on the matters of the region and mr baker welcome to our team good to see you said this saturday has become the deadliest day in twenty thirteen in iraq is there any end in sight doesn't indicate that the country can brace itself for even more death toll records i think it's going to get worse i think if you look at this year so far it's been the deadliest year since two thousand and eight and this started in april when the shia led government broke up and government protest and this is kind of angered some of the sunnis in the country and giving fuel to the fire for the al qaeda militants so we've seen an increase in sectarian attacks taking place and i don't
see an end in sight i think it's going to get far worse so the iraqi security forces don't seem to be able to cope with a terror by themselves why do you think that is i think the iraqi security forces are part of the problem i think. they're seeing a sectarian i think they've been carrying out operations in sunni areas which has angered a lot of sunnis in in fact government called the campaign called revenge of the martyrs but these operations took place in mainly sunni districts and angered many sunnis and it failed to hold the violence so i think that these iraqi security services are part of the problem as long with the government so can iraq really get out of this pit of bloodshed by self. well i think that it will take time i think that look the u.s. really messed up stuff in in iraq they had no plan foreign intervention hasn't
worked it's given a fuel truck load of militants and told a country news united i don't think there will be a move forward i think what further complicates things is what's happening in neighboring syria i think that militants crossing over back and forth there's a weapons flow taking place and because of the sectarian nature of this conflict in iraq and in syria i think it's going to get worse i'm not calling for foreign intervention by think that it will take a very long time before this country sees peace again but still what about the international community to do anything to to help what internet community the last time actually commuting to. decide to bomb iraq and they were talking about bombing syria so i don't think the international community has any say in what's taking place and i think that they've done the damage that they were done you know that they had ten years and i think that what we're seeing now it is internal sectarian
issues taking place if they genetic you mean to do anything is to put pressure on the government to be more inclusive to be less experience and try to bring all different players to the same table so they can negotiate and talk talking about al qaeda activity in iraq do you think it's likely to increase that yes definitely i think if you see what's happened with al qaeda in iraq before they had the sunni coalition that was fighting out there was actually with the western coalition and against the militants because they were causing so many problems but now that these moderate sunnis inverted commas or moderate sunnis are being targeted i think al-qaeda will find new recruits and they will find safe havens once again sunni areas. journalist and said beg has been writing extensively on the masses in the region and this debate thank you very much indeed for your time thank you.
america's decision to deny space to the venezuelan president on route to china has been labeled an act of aggression by caracas the corridor was later opened with u.s. officials brushing off the incident as a filing but that wasn't the end of it with president nicolas maduro are revealing that washington has threatened to deny these is to venezuelan the u.n. delegates and these incidents will do little to improve the dismal relations between venezuela and the united states the nations was drew the ambassadors in twenty ten keeping diplomatic relations to the bad minimum recent revelations of u.s. lying on the latin america have only alienated as the south even more gregory will co-founder of the news hour analysis dot com believes this incident was a veiled show of force by the united states. i think it's basically just a show of force of muscle and this comes at a time when the united states is increasingly isolated and this is really one of
the few resources it has to show it's it's it's power internationally my fact if we look at just in the last week brazil's president. canceled a trip to the united states that was planned a long time ago over the whole spying scandal that the u.s. was involved in in brazil and other shows that more and more countries are resisting the exercise of u.s. power around the globe and in other words the united states is becoming increasingly isolated. so this is another start to actually that is the denial of the airspace is another step that furthers u.s. isolation internationally i think because other countries who are rejecting bill are in solidarity with them as well but the world iran's new president hassan rouhani seems to be persistently knocking on the he was still urging washington to break more than three decades of diplomatic silence between the countries the white house is sending mixed signals whether it will all the same kind it has recently
hey. there is a possibility for a change of heart let's now take a look at how tehran is trying to win over the sympathies of the u.s. president hassan rouhani drug global attention when he was iran will never seek a nuclear weapons saying the strictly civil atomic program is this some of national pride and he also reached out to the white house through an article in the washington post calling to leave frosty relations in the past and focus on rewarding them up and sticking to the election pledges. approach rouhani also released around a dozen political prisoners including prominent human rights activists and finally he exchanged correspondence with president obama later describing it as positive and constructive. and professor sided marandi from the university of tehran things iran wants the us to stop the language of threat. what the iranians are doing right now is they're saying look we are going to preserve our sovereign rights as an
independent country we will continue with our peaceful nuclear program we've never this regarded international law there is no evidence of that but we are willing to be creating a new favorable environment for negotiations so far the notice is responded negatively as soon as mr rouhani became president they start new sanctions now they're taking a building that's linked to the iranian community in the united states. these are not positive signs but still the iranians are waiting to see over the next few days and few weeks if the united states is going to rethink its previous irrational approach towards iran under ronnie reiterate his intention to steer the country in a peaceful direction at a military parade the president said iran had never attacks any country in two hundred years and he did not plan on changing that around us as the military showed of thirty long range missiles as a starting they are intended only for defense purposes israel has recently written
rated calls to strike at rounds uranium enrichment facilities saying diplomacy has already failed. the death toll from the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in the kenyan capital has reached fifty nine people around a hundred and seventy five injured the building where ten to fifteen the government has dug in with a number of hostages is surrounded by a combined only and police force the standoff has been ongoing for more than twenty two employees now and about one thousand people have reportedly been freed the somali an al qaeda linked group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility for the time saying it's a response to the presence of kenyan troops in the country. and a twin suicide bombing in northwest pakistan has killed at least seventy five people including women and children the blast targeted at. as one leading up to something said it more than one hundred twenty ruby perhaps reports and maybe no
group has claimed responsibility for. three. just ahead we'll continue with our special report that looks at the victims of friendly fine thank you i said. we talked before about people getting in trouble throughout the usa just for gardening in fact according to the christian science monitor a couple of florida has been fined five hundred dollars a day until they dig up their vegetable garden which is on their own property immediately people who write these articles draw comparisons to communist russia where people weren't allowed to grow their own food unless the state allowed it yes the revolutionary period in russia forced agriculture to change rapidly and often against the will of many of those involved and this did lead to starvation
revolution isn't fun but what about after that while stalin and khrushchev gave out a lot of documents which are private summer houses where people guard and also there were markets in the soviet union where people could bring the food they grew to sell to see all these pictures behind me these are people the soviet union selling food they produced privately and legally but there were some moments in soviet history when there were some taxes placed on the sale of your personal goods from your personal labor which according to russian website history of taxes was around ten percent whether you love or hate communism more than anything doesn't matter this half truth about shooting soviet gardeners burns like wildfire on the american side of the internet the real truth is that in fact when the us government for every reason in various forms clamps down on private gardens it isn't the same as communism but it's actually technically worse than communism for the majority of its lifespan where you could guard it up as you like excluding the brutal. revolutionary period but that's just my opinion.