Russia condemns ‘absurd’ US sanctions, promises ‘response’

Sergei Lavrov is Russia's Foreign Minister - his ministry has slammed new US sanctions against Moscow as "absurd". (AFP)
Updated 26 January 2018
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Russia condemns ‘absurd’ US sanctions, promises ‘response’

MOSCOW: Russia’s foreign ministry on Friday condemned the United State’s new economic sanctions against Moscow, labelling them “absurd” and reserving the right to a “response.”
This “absurd sanctions campaign has not succeeded and will not lead to any results,” the ministry said in a statement.
“If the American authorities prefer to break economic ties... with Russia, it is their right, as it is ours to reserve the right to a response.”
The fresh sanctions, which were announced by the US Treasury earlier on Friday, target Russian officials who supplied turbines to a power plant in annexed Crimea, as well as several “ministers” from the breakaway region in eastern Ukraine.
A total of 21 people and nine companies were hit with the sanctions, some of them over the turbines, which were built by German engineering giant Siemens for delivery to Russia but were later sent on to Crimea — which Russia seized from Ukraine and annexed in 2014.
Moscow said the new sanctions were imposed “under the pretext of inventing Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis,” adding that the US is merely “showing the whole world its own powerlessness.”
“Washington cannot shed the illusion that it is possible to scare us by refusing US visas or by trade bans,” the statement said.


French tourist shot dead in Bangkok by off-duty Thai cop

Updated 12 December 2018
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French tourist shot dead in Bangkok by off-duty Thai cop

  • The Parisian was shot dead at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with a police sergeant major
  • Policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice

BANGKOK, Thailand: A French tourist was gunned down early Wednesday by an off-duty Thai cop after a drunken bar fight in a seedy Bangkok district, police said.
The 41-year-old Parisian was shot dead at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with the police sergeant major who had approached the tourist’s Thai girlfriend.
“They were drunk... they started to argue and then had a fist fight but the policeman couldn’t fight back,” the Chief of Thailand’s Immigration Police Surachate Hakpan told AFP.
“The policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice,” he said, adding the victim had been in Thailand for several months.
The officer has been arrested and “will be fired... and prosecuted on a murder charge,” Surachate added.
Police are hunting a second suspect seen on CCTV.
Gruesome pictures circulated on Thai media showed the victim lying in a pool of blood in front of a doughnut shop at his apartment block.
Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities, famed for its food and racy nightlife, much of it around Nana district where the murder took place.
Thailand has a grim reputation for its gun culture, with drunken arguments, business disputes and soured romances frequently resolved by violence.