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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". laura: i'm laun washington and this is bbc america. scandal in the u.k. as prime minier boris johnson apologizes for going to a drinks party during lockdown. calls for his resignation are growing. russia and nato are holding their first talks in two years over ukraine tensions. the u.n. secretary general tells the defense correspondent is a real risk of armed conflict in europe. here's what those talks are about. 100,000 russian troops on the ukraine border. we report from give about how those people have forces on their doorstep. anprince andrew faces a civil trial in the u.s. over accusations of sexual assault after a judge refuses to
throughout the case. welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. we start tonight in the united kingdom where the prime minist boris johnson is under mounting political pressure over a scandal at a garden party in 2020. the country wasn't in lockdown at such gatherings were banned. today, for the very first time, mr. johnson admitted that he was at that party and apologized seeing he knows people feel rage towards him and his governmen some conservative lawmakers are calling for mr. johnson to resign. our political editor has the very latest. >> a mess. there is no other word. the prime minister belatedly trying to clean up. with an admission of possible
rule breaking and an apology from a weakened leader. but will the answers to today's prime minister's questions see boris johnson through? >> mr. speaker, i wanted to apologize. i know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months. i know the rage they feel with me and the government i lead. and they think at downing stree itself, the rules are not properly followed by those that make them. there are things i did not get right and i must take responsibility. 5 claiming -- >> claiming that the organized drinks event was within the lockdown rules. even if it were said to technically fall within the
guidance, there would be millions of people who simply would not see it that way. >> there we have it. after months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of rope. his defense that he didn't realize he was at a party -- [laughter] is so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the british public. reporter: labor able to mark the unusually subdued tory showman. >> he was hosting boozy parties at downing street when a country was in lockdown. will he do the descent thing and resign? i regret very much that we did not do things differently that evening. >> the prime minister pretended that he had been assured that
there were no artists. now it turns out he was at the party all along. can the prime minister see why the british public think he's lying through his teeth? >> it is up to the right honorable gentlemen to choose how he conducts himself in this place. >> there was derision and laughter at the prime minister's defense. six questions lat, election winner boris looked defeated. this is not the only westminster drama. >> we are heading to westminster where prime minister boris johnson -- reporter: it was the most watched from the morning sofa. seeing repeated calls for boris to quit. >> will the prime minister for the good of the country accept that the party is over and decide to resign? >> do the decent thing and resign.
>> he must resign. >> the concern on his own side is potent. mr. johnson growing in the shadows. boris johnson's admission and apology has bought him a little time. a pause until what did or did not happen is complete. they've already lost the benefit of the doubt. growing numbers of his own mp's went him out. that is not inevitable that he will be hastened out of office. it is no longer impossible to imagine that the prime minister might be gone before too long. it is indeed a beautiful garden. a place the prime minister was happy to show off in days gone
by. >> we are working very hard? >> that this could be brought to an early close in what happened to his own backyard. >> we are joined by the political correspondent rob watson. why it is causing a huge scandal in britain. a garden party in may of 2020. >> this isn't about some sort of obscure hard to grasp abstract policy or economics. this is something, this idea that 60 million brits were under severe lockdown restrictions. lo and behold, there were drinks in the middle of it all.
there is that classic case of hypocrisy. people saying that there is a rule for us and a role for the people that make the rules. >> what is your meeting in the corridors of power? can the prime minister survive this? >> my reading is the same, and i throw in this caveat that politics is more like chemistry than physics. politics is more like chemistry. the politicians themselves will decide this. that mood is changing.
this is truly serious stuff. could they suddenly get a whole lot worse? both of those options are possible. laura: rob watson, thank you for that analysis from britain. for the first time in two years, face to face talks took place between the nato military alliance and russia and brussels. the aim was to ease tensions over the russian buildup of troops in ukraine. russia wants nato to promise it won't expand to make ukraine a member. russia already shares part of its border with nato countries. if ukraine joined it would increase the number of countries on russia's borders.
russia denies any involvement in that conflict. the buildup has left many ukrainians feeling anxious. >> the orthodox holidays are always there. for now, the party sits as russian troops sit menacingly to the north. outside the defense ministry every morning, the fallen soldiers are commemorated. each on the anniversary of their death and it might seem a long way away but his left deep scars. there are other memorials. thousands soldiers have died in a war that russia says it is
not involved in. victor is here to remember his colleagues killed in fierce battles in the summer of 2014. >> what goes through your mind when you see these faces? he says he can barely think about it, let alone speak. victor still has a helmet just in case. >> my wife says maybe you shouldn't and i say we need to get ready. the war in the east has claimed all these lives and kind of a frozen reality. people still die, but nothing much changes. the presence of russian troops raises the possibility of something infinitely worse. what can nato do to stop it?
ahead of the talks, the prime minister was in brussels to presser government's case. >> the most principled position for the ukraine is that we have a sovereign right to choose our own security including treaties and airlines. >> protesters launched a new # that they don't think the russian leader can be trusted and they don't think anyone, nato or their own government should be doing deals. >> that is the scenen the ukraine. the nato sectary sat down with our defense correspondent jonathan beale. >> after these talks with russia , are you more optimistic that there will not be an armed conflict again in the ukraine?
>> it is not possible to say anything. what i know is that there is a real risk. and that is exactly why the meeting is important because we believe in the political path and to sit down. >> i'm not clear -- on at you prepared to give. they make clear demands about not enlarging nato. other nations had troops and other nato members on the eastern flank of the alliance. you're not giving any grant tool to russia, are you? >> we' willing to ke compromises. we have done that before.
he speak about balance and it is verifiable on both sides. >> we are ready to sit down. so if you compromise us, if that is verifiable, then we can move to compromise. >> joining us his former director for european affairs at the u.s. national security council. during the first impeachment trial, he gave evidence about the pressure mr. trump put on the ukraine to do his bidding. despite all of this diplomacy, there are reports about russia moving military helicopters into place.
how likely do you think a russian invasion of the ukraine really is? >> this vision is very high. this will be the largest offensive in europe since world war ii. the massive aerial bombardment campaign, artillery fires and all sorts of things that russia will bring to be. these conversations are secondary to the primary goal of defeating vladimir putin, to incorporate ukraine back to a russian sphere of influence. the a diplomacy we are having right now is on arms control issues and on european security. i think it would be a mistake to really bend to an autocrats
desire to use military force to reestablish his views on the russian empire. laura: given what you say, should the biden administration be doing more to show it has ukraine's back, maybe by sending foes? >> the biden administration, the u.k. and nato should be doing more. right now what we are doing and they continue to position troops. nothing to check the desires and those things include providing lethal defensive aid to the ukrainians. they include.
we have a whole host of nations that are under increased threat because of russian aggression. none of this is in play at the moment. >> when russia says it doesn't want nato to expand, is that a red herring? >> i think it is in part a red herring, yes. the primary objective is to realize a failed state ithe ukraine and set the conditions for ukraine to be returned. it is something that russia has accepted over the course of the post-soviet collapse. they had tepid concerns.
it really pushed up to georgia and the ukraine and that is when these issues went head-to-head. laura: authorities in brazil say 24 people died in some of the worst floods to hit the country in decades. 341 thousand cities have declared states of emergency. the rain began in the last week of december. the singer of the 1960's hit be my baby and baby i love you has died at the age of 78. the lead singer of the rod ants died surrounded by her family and in the arms of her husband jonathan after a brief battle with cancer.
you are watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, novak djokovic admits to making a false statement on a travel document he gave to australian border patrol. we have the latest on his quest to play at the is trillion open. -- at the australian open. here in the u.s., prices are rising at the fastest rate in 40 years. the annual inflation rate hit 7% in december. we have more on this story. reporter: inflation in the u.s. has hit one of its highest levels seen in several decades. and it still could climb even higher. everything from food to cars has gotten that much more expensive. for months, the federal reserve said it was transitory. not ymore. not only has it changed its tune, but at his nomination
hearing for a second term as fed chair, jerome powell was keen to emphasize the central bank will do what it can to stabilize inflation. he left the door en to interest rate hikes. it really won't mean much to the american consumer or voter until the prices they pay at the shops stop rising so sharply. laura: prince andrew has failed to get his civil case dismissed in the u.s. , suing the duke of york at the homes of jeffrey epstein and glenn maxwell. the ruling by the judge in new york today means a civil trial
can go ahead. our correspondent reports. reporter: the judge's conclusion was very strghtforward. the defendants motion to dismiss the complaint is denied in all respects, the judge wrote. the possibility of appealing at this stage appears to be remote. so these are andrew's basic option he can settle out of court and there would be no admission of liability. but he would pay a substantial sum to virginia dufresne. he can default, ignore the court case and there would be a finding against him. finally, he could fht it out in court. he could give a deposition under oath. the matter would be decid in open court.
lawyers say none of the options would be attractive to him. >> essentially, i think he's either going to have to engage in the tal process or he's going to have to settle. and that may well be his least worst option. >> it will be up to virginia dufresne to decide whether to accept any out-of-court settlement. virginia is pleased that the motion to dismiss has been denied. all of this, the queens platinum jubilee year of enduring months of upset. in the newsnight interview, the
win -- the one in which he said he couldn't remember meeting virginia dufresne, he asked if he felt his behavior had damaged the royal family. >> i don't think it has been determined. if i was able to answer the questions in a way that gave sensible answers other than the ones i have given that gave closure, i would love to but i can't. i'm as much in the dark as many people. >>'s lawyers will be able to test the virginia dufresne allegations. he has no good options. laura: now for the latest on novak djokovic and the bid to play on the is trillion open.
-- australian open. he admitted mistakes are made on his immigration forms, admitting an error in judgment meeting a journalist friend interview knowing he tested positive for covid. it's unsure if his visa wille withdrawn or if you will be able to defend his title. >> the statement brings up more questions than answers. getting ready for the australian open, but uncertain if you'll be able to do so. one is the covid-19 infection. he did not know if it was covid-19. he only found out later that
day. he did admit that he violated isolation rules because he knew he had a covid-19 but did an interview on december 18. and while that does not affect his visa case, it doesn't look good because this is a world-famous athlete admitting violating isolating -- isolation rules while covid-19 positive. laura: reporting on the saga of novak djokovic. we bring you news of a nocturnal trip by pope francis to a music store in the internal city. it is the pontiff going into a record shop in rome. he used to go here as a mere cardinal. the head of the catholic church apparently loves classical music and argentinian tango. he even left the store with the gift of a cd. thank you so much for watching
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