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and we'll be back down at red square in about fifteen minutes time from that and other news today thousands of people are expected to flee the militant control syrian enclave of eastern goto on sunday nearly seventy thousand civilians have already left the area through russia sponsored evacuation routes since the army launched its operation against militants the region near damascus has seen by far its biggest exodus of civilians. i left on my own and i would be needed thousands of civilians are living good right now by the humanitarian character you can see behind me the passage has been recently opened by syrian forces it's allowing crowds of civilians many of them are children to leave them battle area. the.
terrorists use people as human shields they wouldn't let us flee they hid behind our backs we wanted to leave a year and a half ago but they wouldn't let us. go over to my i don't remember the last time i ate we didn't have food in our village the militants took everything that the humanitarian convoys delivered every article had was given only to certain groups so most of the medical aid was sold it was from humanitarian agencies and the u.n. and was distributed he didn't do so under the supervision of a good. but the militants were selling.
quite impressive. also to see that at the end of the day what is lacking. trust between the parties to the conflict. also the consideration of the needs of the civilian population. for the thief i hold because being a police one good new i'm all very bad. meanwhile militants are preparing to frame chemical attacks in the country to give the us a pretext to attack the government that's according to russia's defense ministry were against the earth has more on. representatives of the russian armed forces have said they have intonation reason to believe that the united states that it's
as talent base in syria has been preparing squads of rebels fighters to stage a chemical provocation a chemical weapons attack in the south of syria in doubt which borders jordan and israel they've been provided allegedly as when years twenty tons of nori this one is dead today does defense officials have said that this attack will be blamed on the syrian government and will be used as the excuse by the united states and its allies to strike at version his government had his military directly let me put a look at the provocations mentioned will be used as a pretext the united states and its allies to conduct airstrikes against military and state infrastructure in syria we're seeing that such strikes are being prepared by warships in the mediterranean the red sea and in the persian gulf at the same
time speaking in past a nice segue a lover of the russian foreign minister said that the syrian conflict is beginning to look less like a proxy war than a direct confrontation on the hornets. there are u.s. special forces on the ground they are no longer denying this they are accompanied by the british french and special forces from other countries it's not a proxy war anymore historical provide rather a direct involvement in the war it will slow we condemn their illegal presence on syria's territory the u.s. led coalition is not legitimate from the u.n. point of view either we are pragmatic people and we understand that we should not engage in armed conflict with them. well elsewhere in syria the turkish president has announced that the free syrian army backed by ankara has taken control of the center of the strategic northern city of afrin with more his. the turkish military and allied forces have taken control of the northern syrian city of afrin
now they took control at eight thirty this morning local time sunday this is after they entered the city before dawn and wanting to reports they made with no resistance from the kurdish fighters who have been holed up there and carrying out an intensive battle for the past two months however we are receiving reports that there were a number of these improvised explosive devices and these they had to deal with we have seen a tweet by the turkish defense minister he's a hero and he says that the turks guarantee peace and security for the country and the region turkish president other one has also confirmed his army successes he's also promised that all measures will be taken to protect the civilians of afrin. i want to share good news with you as of eight thirty this morning free syrian army members supported by the turkish bases have established total control of afrin the
city center most of the terrorists will return to run away. the fighting dates back to january the twentieth when the turkish government launched a cross border offensive into northern syria now the aim of this operation which they call the olive branch was to quote the turks dislodge kurdish terrorists the problem that they see as terrorists in other words your syrian kurds are the very people that the united states has been missed which is why for the better part of two months the relationship between washington and quest has been extremely tense. you watching our national come for you on the weekend to sow u.k. russia relations to hit and you lie i mean the poisoning scandal will have a look at that the movie tempus of the stories to just off the bright. american minutes one is the melting pot and the second is the alger myth of
the bootstrapping of anyone can see that america works are so this is a whole group of people all generation in america is saying that there is no melting pot we're not being assimilated there's no opportunities we can't lose so their response essentially is to go into conflict this is a major. change to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected. so we want to be president and. want to. have to want to be first which is what before three of them or can't be good. i'm interested in the water.
welcome back now britain's foreign secretary has announced the transfer to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons of the nerve agent samples used in the poisoning after a week of rising tensions with moscow checking vega reports in a span of less than a week u.k. russia relations have been pushed to the point of an all out diplomatic war with no one looking ready to back down the screwball poisoning has created this massive divide between the two countries and despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing and scotland yard themselves have said that it may take weeks if not months to complete the politicians were much quicker it is highly likely that russia was responsible we do hold russia culpable culpable culpable for the attempted murder is k. is culpable quarrel is with putin's kremlin and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision moscow was quick to bite back slamming the ultimatum put
forward by theresa may and calling the claims shocking and unforgettable meanwhile one's voice has been echoed across the world and he said situation certainly looks like the russians with the idea that with high probability the traces lead to russia everything leads us to believe that it's indeed russia that was behind this attempted assassination leads us to believe high probability traces those terms are wearing thin on moscow whose requests for evidence have been ignored when it comes to russia the proof doesn't have to be in the putting it seems. something by the way in the kind of smug sarcastic response that we've heard from the russians that to me that indicates their fundamental guilt. we've received very detailed information about this case which suggests that there
is no other plausible alternative explanation. the attack in seoul south korea has taken place against the backdrop of a reckless cut them off russian behavior much of the case against russia seems to hinge on the nerve agent in question called novae chuck but everyone seems to have forgotten that a former russian chemist who's accusing moscow of the attack himself published the formula in full in a book back in two thousand and eight which is surely one of the reasons moscow has demanded to be provided samples of the agent used to poison screwball and his daughter poisoned with a navi shop a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by russia. if britain so confident that it was no veto then that means they have the chemical formula so important and the ability to produce it we requested the russian government to provide an explanation by the end of cheese by the thirteenth of march on how this russian produced nerve agent could have been deployed in salzburg. they provided no credible explanation for what we are
ready for open and constructive cooperation we don't speak the language of ultimatums and we won't allow anyone to speak to us this way and similar queries coming from jeremy corbyn in parliament were ruthlessly jeered and shot down by his fellow politicians has the prime minister taken the necessary steps under the chemical weapons convention how has she responded to the russian government's request for a sample has high resolution trace analysis been run and has that revealed any evidence as to the location of its production all the identity of its perpetrators is a consensus across the park benches of this house where. i am only sorry that the consensus does not go as far as the right honorable should. be encouraged to could have taken the opportunity as the u.k. government has done to condemn the culpability.
at this point london has ordered twenty three russian diplomats and their families . to leave the u.k. suspended all high level contacts between the two countries and announce a partial boycott of the upcoming world cup for their part moscow answered in kind when it comes to expiring diplomats shut down the british council and plans to close the british consulate in st petersburg and then of course we have more nations ready to impose sanctions in solidarity with the u.k. against russia between flying accusations threats and diplomats being declared persona non grata the question becomes when all this tit for tat and and who will be last standing this is a carefully constructed from this part of the propaganda campaign that is building building now for several years in order to justify the actions of nato the united states towards russia this is extraordinary you so you have an attempted murder. you have a crime scene and you have no evidence but you but you have not and neither do you
have a motive why on earth would russia on the eve of election and all the staging the the world the world cup want to destroy if you like it's international law with which such a crime but there's plenty of motive on the other side russia being effectively pushed into or corner with these accusations this is part of a propaganda campaign and i can tell you that i'm a journalist who spent almost all my career working in the mainstream in britain and this this is a propaganda campaign promoters of sceptically in the media and make up. what the russian ambassador to the u.k. has called for restraint in the standoff but while britain's allies have thrown their weight behind its claim some european politicians do remain puzzled by that the playing rift between moscow and london that's yes. it's almost like
a spiral of mutual accusations and self-fulfilling insinuations that i see it all reminds me of a bad james bond either side each side is paranoid school each side has used its own conspiracy theories. meanwhile britain's foreign secretary boris johnson claims the poisoning is evidently russian and its very nature r.t.g. goes down of takes a closer look. novi chalk the new noxious scare a nerve agent with obvious russianness the chemicals even being featured in a t.v. spy thriller in a standoff between the u.k. agents and russians the show is marketed using the slogan diplomacy is overrated here it's little about something called love it's not because it was undetectable like it's all through it. it is a coincidence. bring it. to.
us in the us but if you're finding dr market force again we're off a bit taking the picture for ourselves d.v.d. and cinema have made the secret services poisoning people plot an international feature after all even the most british of all agents james bond has also found himself amid some talks and driven storylines. so are we having a case of blatant bone business here but this is of course all fiction it didn't happen in reality you avoid the culprits with the tainted record the one that stands out is the cia one of the key targets cuba has of late come undone t. fidel castro among the hundreds of alleged assassination attempts were cigars laced with poison and a contaminated pen so could these cells brew poisoning be blatant americanness one
could stretch this logic beyond any reason and say for example the u.k. has been honing it skills in the death by chemicals business since shakespeare's macbeth busted blatant englishness the cia james bond shakespeare one thing all of my theories have in common is an insane. edge of conspiracy we're not taking them seriously neither should anyone but when it comes to russia and proof well we've already heard the d.n.a. arguments in the election meddling scandal the story corps practices of the russians who typically or most genetically driven to co-opt. purgatory international law as being substituted for hashtags are stagg russia did it. highly likely. you've been watching the weekly here in r.t.
international will be back with more news for you in about half an hour's time in our special coverage of the russian presidential election. welcome to the part u.s. president donald trump has until may twelfth to decide whether to make good on his threat to exit the rand deal potentially a panda hears of international diplomacy and setting the ground for yet another
conflict how seriously is that threat taken intact and should the american bullying be accommodated if peace is at stake while to discuss that i'm now joined by muhammad later jonny had of iran's high council for human rights and deputy off international affairs in the just sorry mr larijani it's a great pleasure great honor talking to you thank you very much for your time thank you but let me start with the news of the day and this is a concern in many corners of the world that the united states is going to read meat on its obligations on the day around nuclear deal concerned group even more acute following the appointment of the new secretary of state in the united states does it make any difference as far as iran is concerned in who has the state department whether it is john kerry rex tillerson or mike compound for that matter. you know you view this right as you have you know this is the verse is it doesn't
matter to march the tactics or the article measured my. maybe different the. packing on the nuclear deal was done and we are accepted that because we wanted to prove the american claim is false rule of not following the weapons at all but we have used capability on the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes but no it is apparent that the americans want to use capability nuclear technologies as a pretext to exert pressure of a mouse it doesn't matter that we abide by the private market i think it will definitely be enough in the interest of you know this even america gets out of this park then the fact is this because it is five plus one parked now the current
american president expressed he's dissatisfaction of of the oil a long before he took office and yet in more than a year since his inauguration there's been a lot of bellicose rhetoric but the very little in the way off action in your own calculus why do you think donald trump hasn't walked out of this deal already if he indeed intends to do that well there are two fires number one. donald trump is a man of bluffing not a man of realise actions so we know we are accustomed with american bluffing for over forty years and this is an extreme one secondly you know the decision was to extract more concession from me wrong on the regional issues he is absolutely wrong it doesn't help and it was successful and now the american president doesn't exhibit a very reach for a cabbie larry in describing this deal he simply calls a very bad i wonder what words would iran use in characterizing the two thousand
and fourteen agreement you spend a lot of man hours and you go. hating it did it come out as good or good enough for you while definitely we do not consider this pericope. a magazine more optimal position or deal but definitely is now than i did the whole logic that we accepted these limitations on our own capability and development is to prove to the world or the american or their western allies claims an allegation against iran is wrong know that it has been proved that they are wrong and the atomic agency in more than ten reports endures to raining compliance you see that what the american are saying so this is a blasphemy this is corruption and the hypocrisy of the of the american foreign policy but i am i want to say that. you know either this theory should not enter
the will if they enter the will they would be the loser they would see that very soon as well as speaking about the potential loss perhaps for all of us president trump specifically mentioned that he and his soon to be secretary of state mike compare tend to see eye to eye on many issues particularly the iranian policy and back in two thousand and fourteen mr peo advocated military action to fully destroy the iranian nuclear capacity do you see it as a credible threat well our don't think the american are in the position to or saw another military engagement in their area already those who have a started before they are new both to manage to get out but to start them attack when iran may not be very difficult but they won't be the one who will dictate the end of that they will receive
a very harsh lesson which may be good for them for the historical. so we're indulging in a military duty against iran is not an easy thing for united states while they are facing ground failures in the region enough on the song in the persian gulf area another has now president trump employed a similar strategy all threats of blackmail with north korea only to announce last week that he is willing to sit down a bit the north korean leader do you think the uranium leadership would be open to a similar turn of events a personal meeting with donald trump to renegotiate oprah have simply reinterpret the terms of the standing agreement i think is standing argument should be complied fool by you know this that you know i do this news and also some of the european allies like the britain government are following the hypocritical approach to this
this pact. both of them are most complying with. their obligation under the specs the first established secondly we are in no way interested to talk with. the government you know the suit which does not have any credibility in his promises and his signatures so. this is another third important point americans are afraid of the influence of iran in the region. oh influences not military influence for this is a more political influence it cannot be destroyed by bombs come up with destroyed military action high thinking americans should redefine that interest in the region their interest in the region is defined in a very strong and not feasible way mr larijani just mentioned that you believe
teheran has no interest in organizing this presidential meeting between. the leaders of the two countries but i don't know trump is a very particular character and he i think he is very easily influenced by his emotions and your neighbors for example israel is making a good the use of that i know that the reigning diplomacy has a very very good tradition of being very very skillful negotiators don't you think that a meeting between mr trump or let's say mr rouhani could be useful not in a way of renegotiating the terms but simply. trying to establish number four while first of all as you mentioned how diplomacy is basic feature is consistency your not absolute around different issues when doing time we have a vision and we can follow that vision which is corporation and peace in the vision
consistently yes we are capable to negotiate to negotiate hard stuff on hard matters but the point is who is the other side the other side is a country which does not have any credibility you cannot you cannot put your finger when any promises. they commit to that so we are think there is no need to this there is no fruit to this negotiation now it is well known that other signatories to the j.c.b. away including russia are eager to preserve these deal in the in its current form is there anything that they can do to encourage iran to respect it even if the americans under the current leadership walk away while one if americans walk away this pact is there but out as that is you can truce with the russia and china no a number of other countries definitely we will have our own solution for the
problems that we face this corporation want to stop with the perfect or without the pack it will continue but mr larijani i think there are lots of people in moscow who would share your disdain for the way the americans conduct their foreign policy but i think that does know that solve russian or ranee and responsibility to being committed to both regional and hopefully global peace should we give it so easily to the americans to rag the result of you know several years of negotiations should we allow mr trump to kill this deal no different than flu. we should prove to mr frum that he will be a loser and they won't gain too much while walking away from this pact we have we'll known as strive to you we have very much calculated the strategy we can come from the situation very powerful and i think the russian policy both in the region
and international community especially reserve you the nuclear project is very rational we support the position we have various to close collaboration with the government of russia now speaking about the russian regional a policy there is some concern in moscow that the trumpet ministration may choose to try and turn the course of the syrian war by launching yet another unilateral strike on damascus and the russians have already sad with me retaliation i'm sure that we'll see a unilateral strike by the united states as an act of a russian but i'm also sure that you have little interest in seeing a major clash between nuclear powers in your on your own borders or what is your understanding of what a proportional reaction to american aggression in syria could be i think americans and love the european allies of united states is very much watching observing that
this that that you totally failed there was a cynical a strategy of this integrating a sovereign country like syria has faced brutally i think the collaboration between iran and russia definitely proved both internationally acceptable morally support the will and very successful one we are we won't be afraid of this type of activity definitively we want to see that as much as possible the number of involvement of americans in syria. should be decreased also should bestow american. presence in syria northern part of syria is illegal it is against international law he scored different from the russian collaboration with the syrian government which is based on mutual acceptance reliance. america's
war one good and the thing by bombardment the selective targets they face is better to mind. rather than to advance gresham but mr larijani what i'm asking you about is not so much about the american actions but about what actions should russia take in response to this potential act of aggression you you mentioned that you believe and i think again this assessment is shared by many in moscow that the american strategy in syria has failed but an argument could be made that that would make the united states even more predisposed to desperate actions or. actions that could attract the attention of the world because i think we would both agree that donald trump has a propensity towards showing off so if indeed he proceeds with a delivering and not a strike on syria how do you think russia should respond why. none of the wrong or russia.