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in a day of political upheaval in armenia the prime minister's call for early elections is rejected by the opposition he also says the military must obey him. saying he was part of an attempted coup. dog bordeaux's and the territorial integrity of armenia this is my ward and no one can disobey. thousands of protesters as well as supporters of prime minister. in the capital. and other news later travel through the german chancellor says. the european commission says it's not
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a done deal yet. political influence critics. countries jabs in exchange for diplomatic support. and international reaction this is r.t. international from moscow welcome to your world news this hour focusing on armenia for the 1st half of the program the opposition has rejected an offer from the prime minister to snap elections earlier a standoff between opponents and supporters of. the capitol police were deployed in large numbers the escalations in response to passion sacking the chief of the armed forces general stuff saying that he was positive and attempted military coup and there are fears tensions could spiral.
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was. massive opposing rallies were seen close to one another in central europe an official crowd numbers to get to be confirmed but there are estimated to be in the 1000. drivers have been honking car horns as crowd chanted anti passion and slogans someone seen driving with photos of the prime minister smeared in fake blood on the sides of their vehicles opponents of nicole passion animals have been filmed standing on their balconies giving the thumbs down sign the opposition block streets and paralyzed traffic that chanting that they wanted the prime minister out protesters have also set up a makeshift camp next to the parliament building and they're reportedly being encouraged by opposition leaders to stay there until m.p.'s vote for the resignation of the prime minister. there by the rallies in support of prime
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minister passion earlier in the day he took to facebook to tell supporters he needs them the prime minister and his son then met the crowd to assure them that the situation was manageable and that he was ready to discuss any problems in the country he also insisted that the army chief he dismissed remains quote his brother but he's demanding that the country's military obeys him after he sacked the head of the armed forces saying that he was part of an attempted coup. de also says generals do your job god borders and the territorial integrity of armenia this is my order and no one can disobey since it was holding this rally. he said down at the negotiating table with the opposition our consultations on elections the prime minister and the government of army are no longer able to make adequate decisions in this fateful and critical. the situation for the armenian people given the current situation the own forces of armenia demand the resignation
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of the prime minister and the government at the same time we called to refrain from using force against people whose children died defending their homeland and care about armenians general staff insists on the resignation of the prime minister and his government the military accuses nicole passion of being unable to make sound decisions in times of crisis on top of that the military is unhappy about what they describe as numerous attempts to discredit the armed forces their statement goes on to claim that passion and inefficient management has brought armenia to the verge of demise a local journalist watching the protests in europe on thursday says the opposition is preparing for a night of demonstrations. right now we are between the 2 towns say in the fall of one square right behind me you can see. the buildings. national leslie of parliament yeah right in the streets that the opposition is teaching the p.m.'s to
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make that chant. because there we should is to stand still $24.00 seventh's and also say they are preparing for that night's. drinking firewood for kim fire everything going for it for a show for the night and not for just the one night but the every day 247 yes the all physician leaders they are lost and also waiting for the president for me to make some seizure and. he had the feast of the president for me is also in the parliament street soldiers the main rule says that the main action this will take place right. political tensions in armenia escalated following the military conflict in the disputed nagorno-karabakh region last olsson which saw azerbaijan make significant gains
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forcing the armenians to cede large swathes of territory the opposition's been calling on the armenian prime minister to step down ever since the killing him of treason and mismanagement. donald who covered the bloody military conflict between armenia and azerbaijan forest joined under a fama here really up with some in-depth analysis on the political crisis. this whole process it has been brewing for months because it all stems from mean years and well nagorno-karabakh a defeat in last year's war with the armenian government the promise their people that they would come out victorious out of this clash with their by john over the issue of this disputed region of nagorno-karabakh i spent a month there well as the war was breaking out all around me and basically from the very start and all throughout the war everything that we've heard everything that journalists have heard everything that the population the people that heard from the armenian side it was we're going to come out victorious yes we are falling back a little bit but that's a tactical retreat and we will regain our positions and don't worry we have it
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under control so when i was there by john and i mean signed a peace deal which russia effectively brokered it came poor mean eons for ordinary people as an absolute shock because according to that deal they had to concede 2 thirds of the go in a car back to azerbaijan and that when it sparked that was the ignition that's when the protests started that's when people started to come out to the streets and when they started to call on world local trashing him to step down because they blame this on the him and essentially passion and he tried to just push the blame on something else and at a certain point it was almost like he was trying to blame the military to blame the soldiers for not doing enough he obviously he retracted that he later he said that he did mean that but that's when the bad blood between him and the military started because i've been there soldiers they did all they could they just they were
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overpowered militarily they were overpowered they had no response they had no answer to the drone problem because the drones they were just obliterating their positions which were absolutely not ready for you know their defense systems were not ready for that so that's when it started basically people heartbroken absolutely devastated because. you're going to care about it's not just some piece of mountain which it is for you or for me we don't have that feeling it's for that for them it's a matter of honor a matter of national pride so that defeat having to concede 2 thirds of the territories which are overwhelmingly populated by the ethnically armenian people without was absolutely devastating and through the cause of all these months it seems and while it is obvious now passion and hasn't the prime minister hasn't done enough to to do so back together the divisions in the armenian society just so back together to heal the wound this massive wall and looking at the pictures today it's
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clear that it does have a fair amount of support doesn't it i mean he called for supporters to come on to the streets and they did and how much support does he have exactly and why is that support there given what you've just said judging from what i see right now it very much reminds me as to what was happening there back in october in november when it was still hard when the moon was still bleeding from the last in the war basically i did see thousands of people turn out against nickel passion on a given back then but again every single taxi driver that i would talk to back then he would tell me something along the lines well i don't know i don't know why people are so angry like a lot of people do support the prime minister after all remember he came into power as the man of the streets so to speak he was like he came with the crowd he came as part of a revolution himself so really the streets and the public support is all that he has to legitimize him as the country's leader that's why he's kneejerk reaction to
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the statement by the military was to call on his supporters to gather in the in the city center because this is what legitimizes him and that's why the opposition is following the same route because they know if a lot of people come out and if if. it is obvious that there is so many people who want him to go that the that the moves in i mean that the mood in armenia has changed because of this war and people will fewer people now support him after the after the defeat and that they blame that the pin the blame of the defeat on him passion is saying that it's an attempted military coup but again we haven't seen any military in the streets the general chief of staff he signed a letter along with some 40 other top officers generals they have called on him to resign but again they called on everybody to refrain from violence so to me it looks like the last world really the last warning literally the last warning to
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passion on and it came as a complete surprise to partially and so he's trying to find this balance as to he doesn't want to be more hard core than he needs to be and he's trying to and it is clear that he did not have a plan for this he's just he just reacting on the girl like something happens he reacts it's not it's not like he had a he had a contingency plan for that at least it doesn't look like he had one to me. back in november there was another violent rally in the armenian capital when hundreds of demonstrators broke into the government building they were strongly against the prime minister's decision to end the fighting in a corner karabakh saying that they won't give up their lands under the deal reached with azerbaijan back who holds areas of the disputed region taken during the conflict many armenians say that they'll never forgive passion for the loss however the current unrest comes from a more recent disagreement inside the media government over weapons of the army's disposal double quarter now explains. there must always be someone to blame for
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losing a war what leader would blame himself right he wouldn't be a leader for much longer that was the dilemma hanging over prime minister posh and young and then he made his move he blamed russian weapons for his country's military defeat in a go in a car a block in autumn he said russia's electronic warfare systems could not handle turkish drones used by azerbaijan's armed forces the prime minister's attack on russia's military industrial complex added that the russian made is skandia missiles either did not explode or quote exploded 10 percent it's not exactly clear what the pm meant by that only 10 percent of the missiles launched did missiles hit only 10 percent of their targets neither statement has any confirmed substance behind it since no evidence was provided to back paasschen yon's claims what is known is that such unreliable weaponry would clearly never be accepted into russian military service or by those who buy moscow's weapons like the armenian military which pasha neon is now at odds with in fact russia's ministry of defense says none
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of their iskenderun missile systems were in any way involved in the nuke or in a car conflict giving russia's defense officials the impression that posh and yon's been given inaccurate information by i mean she's doing them. according to the objective unreliable information available to us no miso systems of this time will use during them to go into conflict it's appears that armenian prime minister. was misled and used information. the deputy chief of the general staff rejected the prime minister's claims about the unreliability of russian equipment calling his statement frivolous he then lost his post a chain reaction ensued with the military demanding his resignation and then the chief of the general staff himself was dismissed and all that brought us to today standoff in front of the government buildings with the fate of the armenian state itself hanging in the balance there's been international reaction over the past few
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hours with russia the u.s. the whole voicing their opinions on the political crisis. russia has made it clear that it views the situation in armenia as its own internal affair and hopes for its peaceful resolution we condemn the old military coups or coup attempts no matter where they take place across the world it is unacceptable for a military to call for the resignation of an elected government we are closely following ongoing developments in our mania and encourage all parties to exercise calm and restraint and to escalate tensions peacefully without violence the european union is following developments in amenia very closely we ask all activists for calm and avoid any rhetoric or actions that could lead to further escalation or experts we have from agree the only democratic way out of the crisis is to go for snap elections. what i think is most sensible thing would be to call for new elections because that buys
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a little bit of time it sounds democratic and as you said the opposition saying they want a democratic constitution solution so it. will have new elections it'll take a few minutes to organize them so who by some time he can turn patch up his relations with the army in the meantime and slight chance to he would win elections what's happening is almost a normal thing you go to when a country itself is a defeat in malls and stores people looking for scary people who can blame people who can't really because you can accept a new reality which is to have lost a lot of territory huge human cost to this whole war to stop the war started and then lost it. you have to resign he couldn't expect to have school he didn't start the interesting areas he did the problem of i mean years that they lost the war the 6 weeks war that left 6000 people dead in moscow intervened in november 2 to obtain a cease fire and have things calmed down and count down the situation so everybody
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sort of are easy. they lost the war but they're all saying the same. should have been better protect maybe and the problem is that the army feels discredited they have lost the war and dour all day they have anger at their humiliation and so i think it's more between the general staff the the generals and the president that the thing is of course your position tries to make use of it but it's some it's not really. the opposition at least the game it's more. an issue between the president and the military that needs to be solved. this is the headline story shortly it looks like travelers within the e.u. could soon be on the move again so long. if they've had a covert vaccine and if member states can even agree as we report after this.
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next geysers financial survive they say money the bellatrix. planted easy this is a central plank support diagram is going to call them right now say stop the bad. one else seemed wrong. wrong just don't call. me old yet to stamp out he's doing something active. and engaged because the trail. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground.
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according to a new gallup poll over 60 percent of those asked are just satisfied with the 2 major parties the country is divided politically but the parties themselves are divided which did not do this the fact most voters do not belong to either party is it finally time to move on from this to one thing. hello again to shop in the arm for the a use flagging travel industry could be just months away and it likely come in the form of a covert vaccination digital pos at least the german chancellor thinks i. that's that's the point with respect to digital vaccination bass all member states agree that when he has a thing the technical preparations were done by the european commission as well as member states in january now when he's implemented this so that there's comfortability among different national passes we in germany have decided that it
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will develop such a vaccination pass the key data that this digital pass must contain had been defined by the european commission and member states. mrs merkel may have jumped the gun with the european commission president yet to confirm anything solid all too shallow to bensky has the story. vaccine significance of controversial but it does seem after what angler merkel said that this could be the way forward for the e.u. you know germany and france were originally set to be resistive to this idea but the fact that she's now giving it the green light well that is a game changer but while it seems that merkel was saying that this had been approved there was a bit of a different story coming out from the leaders in the official statement it wasn't so sure essentially saying that they would be a common approach and this would be an issue would be revisited this is what is still ringback a long delay at sait on the vaccine certificates. indeed we discussed this
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topic as you're now there are still a number of open question political question the 1st one is of course what these certificates will be used for but they're also scientific question another call for that since the difficulty originally came from countries like greece and cyprus who've already greenlit their own plans to allow travellers from the u.k. and from israel to go there on holiday this year if they can show that they've been and not kill a tick but there's huge criticism of this idea especially given the massive problems there have been rolling up the qubit 900 vaccine here in the u. many feel that this would essentially create a 2 tier system it would be unfair of form of discrimination so really many people unhappy about abba so dear that to give you a sense of what the situation is here in east you around 80 percent of adults in countries have received the chap that's very far behind countries such as the u.k.
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a former e.u. member where around 27 percent don't and don't support the chat now there have also been as i mentioned many major issues surrounding the supply of coke with 900 vaccines they've been distribution issues in the. than expected deliveries and worse still some european leaders have been pretty sniffy about some of the vaccines particularly the astra zeneca vaccine and so because of that and the questions being raised about the efficacy of this vaccine many in europe are now refusing point blank to have it it's been reported that 4 out in every 5 doses that we've delivered to the in you haven't been used yet and even earlier merkel said that she won't have the vaccine now admittedly she's 66 and the official faisel germany is that the astra zeneca vaccine should be given to those over the age of 65 but still this is signaling to many people that there is an issue with this that
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scene now the e.u. leaders following their video conference on thursday also clenched quickly for beijing all of the code that 1000 facts in recognizing the need they said to step back and accelerate this program to ensure that everybody had the chair it is of course it has so far be slow this is what the joint statement clearly has had to say we need to urgently accelerate that water rise ocean production and distribution of vaccines as well as vaccination when russia says it's ready to step up and send doses of sputnik v. to the e.u. the vaccine was recently given a glowing report in the medical journal the lancet which ranked it as being one of the most effective vaccines against the virus the e.u. has said it would purchase significantly but of course that will be subject to regulatory approval. over an israel it's claimed leaders are exercising soft
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power through vaccine diplomacy with jobs currently worth their weight in gold amid chronic shortages in places the countries apparently to go see it in political favors from other nations in exchange for giving shot his policy. israelis say to share that stock effect scenes with other countries including with palestinian doctors a generous mean few might think about but. we are talking about symbolic numbers of vaccines that were given to maris countries i took the decision in return for many things that we already received through many contacts in various areas that i will no detail here. reports came tradeoffs saw being made with countries which is well at least some people stood relations.
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soft at its finest the often appears quite clear we will give you vaccines and in mattoon you give us all diplomatic support this is the czech embassy in tel aviv not so long ago paul promised to open a diplomatic office in jerusalem and in return the people of the czech republic would receive thousands of coronavirus vaccinations from israel or somalia has moved its embassy to jerusalem 100 page the same hungary has also set up a trade mission in jerusalem many of those think it's simply wrong to trade medicine for political influence the reason being that any always doing it is to promote himself and to try and win the elections so in that sense of course the it's not done purely out of the right multi-verse he uses us for diplomatic relationships he use us for anything he has to report to people in
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israel why he's doing it and to which countries he's doing it to you has to be transparent about it but there's nothing wrong with it we need to give to all of our citizens here in israel the vaccine. it's before we think about offering it to any other countries regardless of what they are doing for us the ideal thing would be that these vaccines would get directly to these countries and not through israel and the original prize to get to all the countries that need it and we shouldn't make any profit out of it i do agree it should help other countries and the 3rd as well to get vaccinated but. not to use it cynically just to gain for politico gain our loyalty and our government's loyalist see should be to its citizens 1st and foremost like most of
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our population i think you should israel doesn't manufacture the vaccines itself and the idea is to stand thousands of left of the shots to other countries but don't position leaders are criticizing the secret nature of these deals and cooling for mole jabs to be saint to the west bank and gaza over half the population has been black sand but wish i played this operation 1st before going over statements very far away country. no matter what is there and you know the diplomatic aerobatics they are in can be a very you know you are humanitarian gesture and you can be very crying from red indians not from the far. more island pointed out and that you might not help you know in hell why there are aspects i think that sending the scenes far away might be fine for india and not nice for. our own a geisha and to our neighbors nearby and if they are on their own were our responsibility both humanitarian and directed for reach these
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vaccines. 5 or 6000000 of these stream humans leaving next week because the dead make knows no borders if you smoke for. it is round 2 to eat just to buy it for almost there are no more fives are and then give it to someone that you know very rulers all the community is only going to get there or there are israelis living in settlements in the west bank next to arab villages and towns always doing it of religious intolerance so yes after israel palestinian should get the 1st and not those regimes who are remarkable to me tell you how and perhaps how it worked against the israeli interests inside the country miss and yahoo's main rival in governing partner defense minister binney guns has harshly criticized the arrangements saying they had been reached without any governmental deliberation the
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fact that netanyahu trades in vaccines of israeli citizens that were paid for from their tax money without any accountability shows that he thinks he is running a kingdom and not a state next month hundreds of thousands of medina vaccines are expected to arrive in israel once the country has finished inoculating its own population the surplus supplies might be used to help normalize relations with new countries who knows how many more of these embassies might be springing up in jerusalem. tel aviv. and that is your news for now the kaiser reports on the way then suskind will be here with the old next news update from r.t. international in moscow.
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max kaiser this is the kaiser report well stacey the powers that be seem to be getting it bit nervous yes are starting to see some nervousness as people
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in the elite in the beltway of america are starting to realize that max and stacey were right as we keep on saying because you know a lot of the headlines in the news today are reflecting what we've been warning about are saying or predicting might happen over the past 10 years well this is from the washington post and their editorial board wrote this queen's boom wont to throw in the dollar but that doesn't mean there's no danger really really a want to throw on the dollar they spend. like a 1st there's a few paragraphs of just really old flood that you and i have already experienced many times oh yeah they're getting nervous and then out for these types of editorials to appear lark's the beginning of a new phase where the folks that are in charge the elites now as they're called are star.

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