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i'm calling it a call to dream. which at least true. it's probably in the. 20. 7 years ago. russian diplomats the country. strained international. calls from president biden for deescalation we look into the mixed messages coming
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from america. how. a week of on rest in the u.s. state of minnesota. continues to rage. seek. some water with the networks the most trusted name in. bringing you stories from the past 7 days on right up to the moment. this is the weekly on r.t. a little. russian 3rd 20 czech diplomats persona non-grata amid an escalating diplomatic spat between the 2 nations it's in response to expel
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an 18 russian diplomats while accusing moscow of being behind a huge explosion. in 2014 russia rejects the charges leveled. the accusations herb's surge especially as earlier the czech government laid the blame for the explosions at the door of the companies that. this hostile step is a continuation of a series of russian actions conducted over the last several years by the czech republic one cannot also fail to notice the american influence by trying to win washington's favor as the u.s. imposes sanctions against russia the czech authorities have even outdone their american must so many diplomats were forced to start packing their suitcases in recent days because of expulsions and counter expulsions 1st of all america ordered 10 russian diplomats to head back to russia moscow's response was then almost identical then poland announced a similar move but their sanctions only targeted 3 people and then eventually we
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heard from the czech officials who announced that prague decided to expel 18 people working for the russian embassy that is even more than that then america originally chose to punish you understand that this is a very significant share of the embassy staff so you'd have to think that there must be a very serious reason for it well the czech authorities have accused this group of 8 saying of working as intelligence operatives and also blamed russia for being behind a manger explosion at an ammunitions military warehouse in the czech countryside that happened 7 years ago and killed 2 people no confirmation of the cause has ever been released by the czech authorities one version suggested that it could have been because of workers' negligence but now there you have it prague is blaming
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russia all of a sudden and it coincides with the decisions on diplomat expulsions by washington and warsaw got spilled over the. other reason is seeking suspects in particular well you know and that is the interesting part because the people the suspects that the police are now looking for are actually the people with faces that you may find familiar these 2 were once accused by the k. of trying to poison the script balls in the united kingdom in 2018 so now when the authorities said that these 2 could be linked to that explosion immediately their names and photos were back and international headlines but the russian foreign ministry though is saying that these announcements and these steps that are taken by the czech authorities could only be
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a deliberate attempt to somehow distract the attention of the media and the international community from another story which is now in the news here in eastern europe it looks like when it's actually supported by facts that the west need it to cover up the importance of the information published by both russia and belarus about not just a conspiracy but an actual plan for a constitutional clue we need to speak so who was allegedly being planned against the leader 'd what more do we actually know about this this is a story apparently that was happening more or less some real taney as the russian federal security service has announced lately that they have detained 2 men one with russian citizenship another one with dual citizenship del reuss and the u.s. detention happened in moscow and these 2 are believed to have been plotting a coup by attempting to assassinate the ball russian president alexander lukashenko
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and possibly even members of his family during victory day celebrations that are upcoming the bell russian presence. didn't almost instantly blame the u.s. for for orchestrating this attempt but washington has denied any involvement now you may wonder what does frog have to do with all this what we have to understand that the czech republic is a close u.s. ally in eastern europe it's a member of nato not with a central role but still and russian officials very often have blamed washington for using some eastern european countries the czech republic in particular asked puppets of the assumption by the russian foreign ministry is that washington kid be pressuring these countries into making political moves against russia to demonize
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it so that is the message coming out of moscow in the meantime the u.s. state department has already said that they are expressing full support for the move that's been made by prague with the situation growing increasingly tense we got reaction from a number of experts starting with their thoughts on the blast in the czech republic in 2014 and why it's being spoken of. number 7 years ago and that's been brought up now and then the attendant coup in the in bill. that's been linked as well because the west sees. it was illegal and he's been talking about new elections and so on and to look for this and all this as he was through fit together. there's occasional rebuild area. and bulgaria is a member of nato remember. the united states the americans here seem to have
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influence now i'm not saying that i can direct all these things but it's difficult to resist the conclusion that they have an influence you know the story in the czech republic it's ludicrous i mean 767 years ago our russian agents and by the way they must be changed bonds because so russian change sponsors because there were you know in salt spring 2800 they were in prague in 2014 to go to seoul to score then you know make an explosion that's completely due to cross its jets bought stuff you know it will be a film very soon this story about the nation depo of the czech army which is not the 1st in nato it's a small army and it's not new clear or deadbolts new you know it it's just not your mission they exploded this sounds like demonizing russia you know as much
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as they can now or. as requested by biden's white house that has expelled 10 russian diplomats one of the interesting aspects the story of 2 alleged russian agents for who or what became public at the time the script of poisons and there were people who thought the czech who would do instant were identified back in 2100 so it's very old this information that some czech made. it was already. 2 years ago when you know so there's an element all. behind it. this week the u.s. and russia only sanctions on each other as well as alluded to marking another low point in relations washington blacklisted russian companies expelled diplomats barred u.s. banks from buying russian debt moscow in turn kicked out 10 u.s. diplomats on bond a number of officials from entering russia shortly after announcing the new
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sanctions u.s. president joe biden said he wanted to deescalate tensions with more on the mixed messages coming from washington usually force it on big politics is all about big p.r. political marketing of trump america transitioned from saucy nicknames for his opponents into the biden age which spearheads now shameless self promotion america is back america is back diplomacy is back biden diplomacy sounds like a classic personal brand to so what is it well for russia it apparently means a sanctions sledgehammer you know i've been through several steps including the expulsion of several russian officials as a consequence of their actions i've also signed an executive order authorizing new measures including sanctions to address specific harmful actions that russia has
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taken against u.s. interests well the man seems to be abundantly clear at least for ones right well he would have been had he not led into these sanctions announcement with this. united states is not looking to kick off a cycle of skule should be in conflict with russia we want a stable predictable relationship these signals are not just mixed in terms of consistency they're on par with noises from space joe biden was able joe biden said he's interested in the normalization of russia u.s. relations but the actions of his administration show us the opposite the u.s. is not ready to deal with the reality of the multipolar world which shuts out the possibility of american has humani instead they can sanctions and interference in our internal affairs just this week biden and putin talked over the phone to during the conversation the us president and now a new batch of sanctions in putin's face only to express hope later for
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a stable and predictable way forward and the white house sees no problem here no discrepancy forget proof for good reason forget who's president even biden strategy is to bully a country out of geopolitical relevance and it seems that's the only predictable thing about america left after all trumps anti russia sanctions galore that appears to his whole term didn't save the ex-president from being shamed for being soft on russia so maybe biden is resorting to nuclear options right away desperately trying to keep one foot in the door though the door leading to that positive trajectory while unveiling the latest raft of sanctions the u.s. also solid claims made last year of rochelle offering to the taliban to kill american troops in afghanistan the white house admits it has very little to back up
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those claims but is never the less demanding answers from the. we felt the reports were enough of a cause of concern they assessed with low to moderate confidence as you alluded to that russian intelligence officers sought to encourage taliban attacks against u.s. and coalition personnel and afghanistan so while there's a lot of moderate assessment of these reports we felt it was important for our intelligence committee to look into it this information really puts the burden on russia and the russian government to explain their engagement here just some ground on this last june it was reported that russian intelligence offered linked militants money to kill american soldiers 29 teen the allegations were never proven the pentagon itself said it could not corroborate the reports but that did not stop the media from jumping on the verge of fight story vladimir putin is offering bounties for the scalps of american soldiers in afghanistan now the
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european intelligence official called this callous shocking and reprehensible overnight president trump dismissed the intelligence denied being briefed on it as new reports emerged saying those payments did in fact lead to the death of americans russia has rejected the allegations with the foreign ministry branding them the speculations and phobias of the u.s. intelligence community we got to take a former u.s. marine corps intelligence officer scott ritter. the mere fact that you have politicians action on intelligence that has appeared on the front pages of the new york times bill is you right off the bat that it's not intelligence it's been it's clear sized information as opposed to hard intelligence look the united states and russia are adults they they they they sit at the big table they wear big boy pants and their intelligence services things you can see one another because that information normally we understand this is the reality of the world but the united states right now is very defensive it's dealing with the changing world changing
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reality and the fact that russia refuses to play the game of being subservient to you know a dominant america and so this is a domestic political problem where intelligence is. a political objective as opposed to doing what it's supposed to do providing insight american decision makers about what ground truth in russia is. 15 minutes to the program still ahead of the founder of an investigative journalism group is blocked on twitter now for the teens latest exposé saw a scene and director caught on camera and letting his channel's friends propaganda we've got story and we're feet off her the shortest upgrades. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have it's crazy. let it be
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an arms race off and spearing dramatic developments only mostly i'm going to resist i don't see how that strategy will be successful very critical time time to sit down and talk. i strongly believe that. information. will be. nobody. either. show. drunk but. i agree let's start with know that will be will be. the best.
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logan there's been a full week of angry unrest in the u.s. state of minnesota that follows last sunday's fatal shooting by police of dante right right officers have been resorting to some rubber bullets to disperse protesters. that.
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brooklyn center police claim to say roy delhi does a result of an accidental discharge after an officer mistook her for a taser mr wright had attempted to flee in his car after being stopped for a traffic violation subsequent protests and to send it into looting and violent clashes with. protests were also seen and other cities including chicago dallas and portland where they police in near the ascent of the fire the scenes are rather listen to those in the wake of george lloyd's death last year. during an arrest when at all certain else on his neck for several minutes radio host wayne dupree has served as a board member of the national diversity coalition for double trouble says it's vital to rebuild trust between police and minority community. tensions are so diode to the left and right the people that are getting hurt are in the middle
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what's happening right now is not going to stop is going to get worse because the lead leadership around many places is weak there is a lack of trust on both sides of the aisle. and when i mean both sides i know there's a lack of trust with within the police community about what's going on within the minority community in then there's a lack of trust within the minority community about what the police are doing because of what they see projected on our media every day there has to be a concerted effort from both sides of leadership leadership of people that everybody can trust to sit down and work out a proven solution and and take it all types of suggestions and try to work out something and bring the trust back between law enforcement and the communities. ok another story we're keeping
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a close eye on twitter at this week the founder of investigative journalism group project veritas for allegedly violations of its policies now it came right after the group published another undercover sting video involving a c.n.n. director. a strain of using these apparently e.g. he really gave. people are getting exactly as you see this is a picture that you made sure to protect patients. and someone. who was trying to like help like the b.l.m. like united like i mean it's individuals it's not a you know. that's not going to the optics of that enough to be that we can speak to the fact that this technical director charlie chester he was certainly part of the culture he was speaking as if they were an advocacy group and this is a network that uses the tagline the most trusted name in news does the most trusted name in news you know collude directly or indirectly with black lives matter that's
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a question for the american public to ask it seems that the rules that as a society that we all thought were in place are no longer and voice there is no more roebuck it is the 3rd on the cover scoop published by project for itself this week with more all the revelations here's r t still a quarter. the most trusted name in news it's a title c.n.n. has long prided itself on maybe you buy it maybe you don't but what would you think if a network admin did to deliberately spreading propaganda well apparently they did i do you. believe the movie was received. but again you are creating a story here we didn't know anything about. that's b.s. i think that he is the worst president we have ever seen but what president trump just said was undemocratic and false the president seems to think
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that dominating black people dominating peaceful protesters is law and order it's not he calls them thugs who's the thug here this guy is should not be president cnn's charlie chester's spilled the beans over a tender date he was enticed into by an undercover project veritas journalist he claimed the channel long had a pre-determined agenda to get trump out of office one that flows from the top down from none other than c.n.n. president jeff zucker himself naturally trying to make joe biden out to be a spring chicken was the other side of the anti trump propaganda calling yeah i mean really we did it right but it was. always shaking or whatever and we brought in like so many medical people so like all tell a story like this is all speculation you know you're shocked to hear john. that i'm healthy you know by. him and you save years she. hated me as
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a. young period. that sounds a lot like election meddling something c.n.n. has pointed the finger at russia for time and time again leaning on unverifiable claims from u.s. intelligence and its reputation as evidence the. in last year's elections the network claimed that moscow was trying to hurt joe biden's chances by spreading conspiracy theories about the now u.s. president i'm talking about russia tacking more election russia once again interfered in the race for the white house russia is indeed interfering in the 2020 election with that kind of a double standard it should come as no surprise that people's trust for c.n.n. is on the decline but we don't think that this is all the personal effects just. makes this worse when you're caught red handed hiding the way you do business from your viewers that's one thing but accusing someone else for breaking the very rules
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you yourself were caught breaking well that's another it's a rinky dink to pit organization what do you want it c.n.n. that scared defense immunized from any responsibility because nobody takes them seriously and as far as project very callous and james o'keefe god bless him but how many exposé these must be produced before something's done things done and nothing jeff zucker still there everybody still there but let me explain something their ratings are plummeting who wants to watch c.n.n. if there's no trunk what do you do talk about what a great job biden is knowing what a great job camelot harris story i don't think so now me we can't believe what we're seeing and our country is in complete collapse with our borders being destroyed and being invaded daily with a sense of believe
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a bull distrust with with vaccine an efficacy vaccine malpractise with this anyway and years nothing for them to build up. a controversial security bill was passed on thursday by the french parliament it grants additional powers to law enforcement bodies but those faced widespread criticism for making it harder to call out police abuse their sorties showed it to ski. there was rounded criticism of this bill when it was presented a year ago not just from the left from human rights organizations and also journalists who says well concerned about elements contained in this global security bill now one of the most controversial elements was oh it's a cool 24 we've discussed it many times and the feelings about this is that it would continue issues in the ability of the press to do their job when it came to distributing images of police offices as
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a result of that controversy and the widespread protests we saw here in france the government said it was going to completely revise this particular article the sticker mind though over the protests against article 24. well the government said it was 3 writing that article completely but as it's been posted a there are elements still of being criticized by many article $24.00 in the bill that was posted a bipolar menteri and still contains limits on who can call and publish images all
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of the police if they use images that publish with an intent to harm physically or mentally one of those offices on the cheek if somebody is found guilty of doing that they would then face a fine of 75000 euros or up to 5 years in jail so a pretty severe penalty for that but it wasn't just. article 24 that caused concern this no as it's being passed now gives police offices the right to film interventions that they make it is allows them to regulate the use of drones for the police to be able to move the protest potentially and it allows offices to carry their weapons even when they are d.t. some have described this move as essentially making roads a dysfunctional democracy. but in simple terms this law will significantly restrict
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freedoms the use of drones during protests and things like that this is a disaster for democracy and freedom because security is as important as freedom it is true but there are people who abuse it the harm is not for freedom with self people and not freedom cause harm. you need to think if there are other tools that would be more consistent with the principle of human freedom the right to protest is a right why spy on people and it's not just about concern on the streets here in france i u.n. panel of experts also raise concerns about this nor saying that it was incompatible with international human rights. the bill could lead to significant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in particular the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression so despite those continuous calls to scrap this bill
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it has been passed on thursday by parliamentarians 75 voting for it 33 against it but human rights organizations say this isn't the end they say that they will continue to challenge this law when it now goes to francis constitutional court and it's that last decision will be made as to whether this bill will become law or no it's a lot some of the stories that shaped the past week i'll be back at the top of the hour with all the latest developments reprograms right ahead though here all r.t. . by the pandemic notion you know borders just lying to nationalities. is a little bit to be we took a backseat. to stick. to. judgment
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commentary crisis at least listen. we can do better we should. everyone is contributing each of our own way but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever. and just grateful to response has been massive so many good people are helping us. it makes us feel very proud that we're in it together. so if someone wants to authorize a product in europe let's say a plan protection product.

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