evolve. headline news russia america and its allies over the strikes against syria saying they violated the u.n. charter calling for an emergency security council meeting over the. president of the strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack a week ago the ally struck just hours before experts from the international chemical weapons was due to arrive at the scene. britain's prime minister justifies the attack on syria is limited targeted and effective but the opposition leader denounces the operation saying the bombing wouldn't save lives.
the international from moscow welcome to the program is saturday the fourteenth of april it's now three in the afternoon here just to update you on a one story dominating our bullets in that syria in the past few minutes that the u.n. security council will convene for another emergency meeting it'll happen at about eleven am local time that's about three hours from now it was called for by russia which has slammed america the u.k. and france over the strikes on syria calling the actions of violation of the u.n. charter i discussed moscow's reaction to the incident with correspondent. well president putin has condemned in the strongest words as to what happened to these strikes conducted by the u.s. the u.k. and france he said that they targeted not just to the military facilities but also to civilian infrastructure is world saying that this goes against and in violation of all international norms and in fact it wasn't sanctioned by the u.n.
security council is also said that as pretext for the strikes the u.s. and its allies used a fake used stage do chemical attack he said that in a statement he said that he did not believe that the chemical attack took place that in fact the russian military that entered the city of duma the site of the chemical incident could not find any traces of the of any toxic agents or anything of the sort not even any eyewitnesses of the attack could be found apparently so here's what how vladimir putin described the situation right now the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has deployed its specialist on a fact finding mission. but a group of western countries cynically ignored this launching a military attack without waiting for the results of the investigation russia emphatically condemns this attack on syria well russian servicemen are helping the
legitimate government fight terrorists with its actions the united states only exacerbates the humanitarian disaster in syria bringing suffering to civilians essentially abetting terrorists who have been tormenting the syrian people for seven years and provoking a new wave of refugees from this country and the region in general mr putin mention the o.p.c. w. investigation there any concerns the that might be in jeopardy now yes of course because the o.p.c. w was supposed to begin its mission in syria on the ground in syria its investigation on saturday at the u.s. launched its strikes literally hours before with that investigation was supposed to kick off so obviously a lot of questions were raised by whether or not that mission is jeopardized whether or not any objects of infrastructure that were supposed to be examined by the experts over the o.p.c. w. were hit or damaged now the body has issued a statement it's
a rather brief one literally just two sentences outlining the current state of events and they are saying that they will be going forward with their mission in syria no details as to whether or not they feel affected in any way by the strikes back to the reaction from moscow then anything more wider than the kremlin well yes the russia's foreign ministry has laid out its view of the situation right now they've said that basically the u.n. security council has to hold accountable the u.s. the u.k. and france for what they did in syria they promised to present its russia's facts what russia knows about the strikes to the u.n. security council and in fact they've said that. the russians calling emergency meeting of the council as early as later today they've also addressed something that france had to say world justifying its pretty is a patient in the strikes france had said that basically it had intelligence
information that since twenty thirteen the syrian government were pursuing the secret chemical weapons program despite the your p c w n twenty sixteen vouching that the stockpile had been destroyed something in a process overseen by russia and the un as well as a however the spokeswoman for the russian foreign ministry she said that basically if france knew that all along for years why hold back the information why come forward with it only now so many years later. eventually o.p.c. w last hour confirming it's going to go ahead with that mission in doom and we can talk now to a former senior official at the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to travel into r.t. first ask you about what corresponded was mentioning that the french declassified intelligence reports saying that the syrian government had a covert chemical weapons program since twenty thirty in the o.p.c. w.
hasn't said whether it was aware of that is it the kind of information it should have been aware of bye now. well it's up to the states parties of course the decide which information they make available if particular what comes from intelligence sources in such situations but i should point out that the office of w. has discussed the issue of whether or not the syrian declaration of its chemical weapons program has been complete and comprehensive for some time that was the reason why in two thousand and fourteen already a declaration assistance team was set up by the opposite of you to work with the syrian government and to make sure that the declaration wasn't that comprehensive so there was from early on a question mark as to whether or not there were aspects of the syria program that had not been declared completely o.p.c. w wording in all of its statement is often very careful and had for good reason i suppose was the o.p.c. w. satisfied about dealing with chemical weapons in syria that. well there was a degree of sort of. satisfaction obviously in the context of removing the declared
chemical weapons from syria and also dismantling the declared chemical weapons production could be a capability but as i said that's not just addressed to the syrian government but to the context as a whole they were both the issues of a continued use of chemical weapons improvised chemical weapons cloran mustard agent and sarin gas which was investigated by the fact finding mission and then there was the question of making sure that the declaration of the syrian government was in fact a complete declaration so that they were all the efforts to try and move forward towards a more comprehensive complains situation or the convention. bringing us up to date then no sooner this current team from the o.p.c. w. touched down than the mess are started to be fired is there any way that those missile strikes and air strikes might get the dice what the team in duma are trying to do. well my understanding is that the targets were not where the team is going to conduct its investigation and my understanding also is from the really start that you made public a couple of basically an hour ago that the team will be conducting and it's alerts
to go up the security clearance has been given both by the u.s. department of security and by the saudi government so there is a context a framework which should allow to conduct this investigation properly and within a reasonable time frame so that we go to additional facts a very tight independently by the opposite of you about what actually happened the last hope over there are investigators in any way going to be concerned for their safety because one of the strikes did only happen a few kilometers away. are they really concerned about their safety but as i say there is a close cooperation with the un security department who has people on the ground as well and they will advice on where the order safe to continue at the moment the guidance i understand is that they can continue and so they were one of the strikes has claimed to have targeted stockpiles of chemical weapons does that trouble you in any way could not have put people in danger if it was suspected there were dangerous weapons there i would have to know more detail about what exactly that facility was how much chemical weapons were suspected to be inside and all of us
attack of course any time you attack east oil off of the toxic materials there is a risk that some of it gets released but it depends entirely on the circumstances and hold on hold the the attack is conducted so i can't really say that ok but from what you know what is the actual mandate in duma for this mission that's getting underway hopefully in the next couple of hours what is it specifically tasked with doing. well the mandate of the fact finding mission all through the last four years has been to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons whether they be alleged to be have been committed by the syrian government or by the terrorist groups so they have actually been for four years not investigating it investigating all kinds of allegations so this is just one of them and their mandate is to investigate whatever information is available to find out what actually happened on the ground within the context of the chemical weapons convention there also it's a broader mandate of looking at the origin of the weapons that have been used but
the question of actually version of responsibility is not specifically in the menu of the fact finding mission death was the choice by the states parties of the chemical weapons convention in that particular case the membership of the office would argue is that something that ever frustrates the o.p.c. w. that although you're not it's never been tasked with apportioning blame in any way you can only say what may or may not have been used where it may or may not have come from but as you and i both know at the u.n. that kind of information is then seized on and conclusion still drawn yes and has a frustrate at the opposite to a degree. of course that of course we have a mechanism to look exactly at that as a follow up to the i thought i'm process which was the joint investigative mechanism which unfortunately was not extended in the last year because of a stalemate in the security council. as i said it was a political choice by the states party not to have the effort and look into attribution issues we now have no mechanism that for me looks at that question and i hope that we can that we can get an agreement to reestablish such an independent
mechanism that look at these issues for future use for processes and in order also to prevent for the use of these chemical weapons and i think it's a concrete finding from that team on the ground in duma in the next forty eight hours or so at least for now former a p c w senior official i really appreciate your expertise and sharing it with us here on r.t. . but how we got to this stage american british and french forces pounded syria with missiles and ass trikes in the early hours of saturday morning. president trump announced the military action in a t.v. address as he spoke explosions rocked the capital damascus it comes in response to
an alleged chemical attack in the syrian town of duma we could go a lot more of the reports. but we heard an announcement from u.s. president donald trump about the pending strike against the syrian government in coordination with the u.k. and france now he used the phrase strong deterrence to describe his motivation said he wanted to deter the syrian government from carrying out future chemical attacks and called out iran and russia saying what kind of nation would want to be aligned with a mass murderer and from there he used some rather inflammatory language that's kind of almost trademark language of u.s. president donald trump very terrible regime these are not the actions of a man. they are crimes of a monster instead so today the nations of britain france and the united states of america have martial their right to use power against barbarism and brutality
now after that we got a military update our we heard from general joseph dunford as well as u.s. secretary of defense james mattis they spoke to the u.s. media and to the world basically giving the lowdown on what had happened now at that point the striking had already stopped they said it was fifteen minutes of sustained airstrikes against the syrian government furthermore it's important to note that when james mattis was speaking not only after the attacks but also earlier in the week he wasn't willing to go into detail about the attack and was rather vague about the kind of information that he actually had but i am confident the syrian regime conducted a chemical attack on innocent people. we are very confident that chlorine was used we are not ruling out sharon right now we have the intelligence level of competence that we needed to conduct the attack. i believe there was
a chemical attack and we're looking for the actual evidence the o.p.c. w there's your goodness ration for the chemical weapons convention and we're trying to get those inspectors in if we get them and we will not know who did it they can only say that they found evidence or did not broader in the international community there is simply not consensus about what actually happened in the syrian town of duma we've seen the u.n. security council meetings and we've seen a big disagreement between countries russia's representative has come forward before the u.n. security council and said that they have sent russian experts and russia chemical experts to do imma and in duma they have not found any traces of chemicals they have not found any vick. who have come forward and said they witnessed or that they themselves were victims of chemical attacks no one in hospitals being treated and we then heard nikki haley the representative of the united states before the u.n.
security council we heard her coming out and saying in the aftermath of this this allegation of an attack without any investigation having been done saying what she believed had taken place did a chemical weapons attack happened yes the u.s. has analyzed he yes it has happened to you kay has analyzed yes it has happened france has analyzed yes it has happened three separate analysis all coming back with the same thing there is proof that this happened so we're still waiting for a broader reaction to this this airstrike people are waiting to see what will happen next i know people were anticipating this strike because of donald trump's tweet saying telling russia to get ready for the missiles you know insulting the syrian president with certain language or as of now we understood that there were there was fifty minutes of airstrikes against the syrian arab republic by the united states we're waiting to see what the next move is and what will happen next in the international community across the atlantic british prime minister to resign
may praise the assault on syria is limited targeted and effective if you highlighted several key points that had convinced the damascus had carried out a ledge a chemical attack in duma last week i cannot tell you everything but let me give an example of some of the evidence that leads us to this conclusion open source accounts allege that a barrel poem was used to deliver the chemicals. multiple open source reports claim that a regime helicopter was observed above the city of duma on the evening of the seventh of april and reliable intelligence indicates that syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in duma on the seventh of april we judge it highly likely both that the syrian regime has continued to use chemical weapons since then and will continue to do so british and french fighter jets could be seen taking off and landing from their bases in the region french cruise missiles were also seen being launched from the mediterranean initially paris
stressed that it would not allow an escalation in the u.k. engaged to the operation without parliamentary approval our correspondents shiela do bensky in paris and alley in london have been following events for us. so the u.k. this morning announcing that they took part in those bombing raids in the attack against syria we've heard from to reason made this morning she's been holding a press conference here in london at downing street and confirming that four jets took part in that they launched a series of air strikes the reason may not speaking to the success of them but very clear to make it to make the point that this is not an attempt at regime change but merely in her words trying to deter any future use of alleged chemical weapons we've also been hearing from the opposition the leader of the opposition jeremy corbyn he's the labor party leader and he called into question how legally sound these asteroids. bombs won't save lives or bring about peace britain should be
playing a leadership role to bring about a cease fire in the conflict not taking instructions from washington and putting british military personnel in harm's way to resume a should have sought parliamentary approval not trailed after donald trump as alluded to by jeremy corbyn reason made launching those air strikes without parliamentary approval this was brought up to her during that press conference this morning and she said that she would be bringing the issue in front of the house of commons on monday two days after the attack took place perhaps she has the two thousand and thirteen vote in mind when david cameron wanted to also go to war with syria but lost the parliamentary vote and perhaps she was looking to avoid a similar embarrassing defeat there are a number of m.p.'s not just in the labor party but even in her own conservative party her own backbench m.p.'s who potentially were getting ready to rebel against
about this attack on syria she has received support from the foreign secretary boris johnson however he's been on twitter saying that. he welcomes the news of u.k. military strikes and we've also however heard from before what foreign secretary david miliband has condemned this attack and said that diplomacy should be the way forward and also pointing out that humanitarian support is the main thing that the syrian people need in the polls in the country which show that a vast majority of people are not in support of this type of military action in syria so remains to be seen exactly how damaging politically this could be for two reasons we've actually been hearing from the french foreign ministry on saturday morning let's listen in directly to what he had to say about france taking part in this coordinated action by the u.s. france the u.k.
acted in accordance with our responsibility the use of chemical weapons in syria is an acceptable because it's a violation of international law and basic human rights well this morning france also released a document outlining its case for why it believes that a chemical attack took place and why it believes that the assad government was behind that attack it says it. has had analysts of the photos of testimonies and videos from do you know where the alleged attack took place and it says that after analyzing it has a high degree of confidence that this was not money fact should all recycled now many people questioning some of that evidence saying it's not evidence from the ground it is mainly evidence from social media and from videos posted on press websites there's also been criticism here in france from some opposition leaders
including marine le pen she's the leader of the national front here in france she took to twitter on saturday morning to say this she said that this action in gauges france in. divil and potentially dramatic consequences and she said that france loses an opportunity to appear on the international stage as being an independent and balance also some reaction from neighboring country luxembourg this morning suggesting the strikes can only be conducted based on a u.n. security council resolution which clearly they do not. mean while washington says it's confident that the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people according to a white house statement a confidence in that is based not on intelligence but on the media and geo reports this conclusion is based on descriptions of the attack in multiple media sources the reported symptoms experienced by victims videos and images showing to assess to
barrel bombs from the attack and reliable information indicating coordination between syrian military officials before the attack however as my guest you have now explains the questions hanging over the west's narrative due to the reputations of the groups behind the allegations. reports of a chemical attack first appeared strange enough for it's almost the precise moment the battle had then did when the syrian government and rebels were negotiating on how to evacuate the latter reports first appeared on social media twitter facebook and spread like wildfire while my colleague kendall anian and i have learned today that the u.s. now has blood and urine samples from some of the victims of this attack in syria last weekend and that those samples according to u.s. officials tested positive for chemicals sources the usuals why the helmets who serve as rescuers islamists and syrian rebels also the somewhat less known
syrian american medical society sounds together with the white helmets they were cited by the washington post. the new york times c.n.n. virtually every western media outlets reporting on this chemical attack saturday april seventh amidst continuous bombardment of residential neighborhoods in the city of duma more than five hundred cases the majority of whom are women and children were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent sams itself is funded by u.s. aid six million in two thousand and fifty usaid is widely believed to be in awe of the state department and is banned in multiple countries accused of interfering in domestic policies and promoting regime change it even has an office of transition initiatives the management at sam's also believe it or not former usaid stuff with
those sobs who reportedly provided the u.p.c. w. with samples of the alleged sarin gas that was used them hunchy whom the site of a chemical attack last year after which donald trump sent fifty seven cruise missiles at the syrian air base well what's remarkable is that this group the syrian american medical society has cited by a who's who of western media organizations as a credible source when it's anything but this organization which is funded to the tune of close to six million dollars or more by usa id a wing of the state department which actually emerged out of the cia to encourage regime change and what the u.s. considers enemy states this organization is directed by operatives name sahar so little is actually a lobbyist who's been lobbying the u.s. government since the obama administration for a war of regime change and this organization operates hospitals exclusively in
territory controlled by al qaeda syrian affiliates and its allies so this is a you know to me this seems should be. a national scandal that u.s. taxpayers are basically paying for the civil society wing of al qaeda and its solitary job jihadi allies and we're simply talking in the us media about this organization as if they're just a bunch of syrian feel doctors this is an international law being an influence organization dedicated to stimulating regime change and so we absolutely have to be skeptical when they make these allegations of a chemical attack because that advances their agenda and they have every motive to deceive the west about it. let's finish off by recapping what we know so far the united states france and the u.k. of bomb targets in syria president trump announced the military action in a white house address late on friday as he spoke explosions rocked damascus the air and missile strikes were launched in response to an alleged chemical attack in
syria city of duma last saturday washington says it's confident the assad government used chemical weapons against civilians however in a white house statement it admits that the evidence they have is based on media and geo reports russia's foreign ministry slammed the strikes saying they came when the war ravaged country finally had a chance of a peaceful future for the strikes also take place before investigators from the international chemical weapons watched the o.p.c. w. start their probe into the alleged poison gas attack in duma groups confirmed in the past couple of hours that it will go ahead with its fact finding mission also an emergency un security council meetings been a range that will commence in about two and a half hours from now at russia's request. will be across that when it happens that's it for now though he's award winning programs continue after the break then i'll be back to update you again.
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