Russia - Afghan shooting a 'grave crime'

2012-03-12 19:32

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday called the shooting of 16 Afghan villagers by a US soldier one of the worst crimes ever committed during a conflict and said it expected the guilty to be punished severely.

"This inhumane act stands side by side with the gravest crimes committed in the course of armed conflicts," the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that Russia was "deeply shocked".

"We expect the guilty to suffer severe punishment and the international forces' command to take effective measures aimed at preventing such incidents in the future."

Russia, which has its own painful Soviet-era history in Afghanistan, fears a more permanent US presence in the energy-rich Central Asian region and has only allowed non-combat equipment to cross its territory for Nato forces there.

The US soldier walked off his base and broke into the homes of villagers in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district before dawn on Sunday, killing 16 people including women and children.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-12 19:49

    No Russia, you are soo wrong; The WORST crime ever committed during a conflict, was when you vetoed the UN Security Council resolution on Syria, and thereby gave a blanc cheque to the BUTCHER OF DAMASCUS, to MURDER his opposition!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-13 06:06

      He's saying the autocratic Russian regime that rigged elections in its favor and uses the same cruel force as Bashar Assad is hardly a legitimate voice on what's right and wrong. I'd go with those with a real conscience.

      Garth - 2012-03-13 06:31

      edwards (and damn do I hate that you have the same surname as me) his comment is relevant to the article. Get off your pedestal.

      Diana - 2012-03-13 09:21

      If you wanna say something please comment on the topic you understand and dont touch what is far from that.

  • Raymond - 2012-03-12 21:02

    From the guys who invaded most of Eastern Europe (Oh! and Afghanistan) forcing their ideology at gun point. Really?

      Fidel - 2012-03-12 21:12

      The Russians fear was that of encirclement. They sought buffer states and an iron curtain to guard their borders, especially after the horrors visited upon their country by the Nazis.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 06:07

      That's probably the most inane description of one of the darkest regimes to ever exist on Earth, Fidel.

      Garth - 2012-03-13 06:43

      Fido, your comment is so misplaced and yet you still manage to assume an air of superiority, one of a `teacher', whilst `getting it' hopelessly wrong again. You are so anti-imperialist yet did not ever attribute that to Russia's post-war expansion. Why not? Misguided socialist rationale? One-eyed bias detracts from the effect of one's post. `encirclement'? `horrors visited upon their country . . .', well they paid that back in kind, oh boy did they pay that back in kind. Care to refute?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-13 10:04

      I thought Beslan would be a high F'up on their list .

  • Fidel - 2012-03-12 21:17

    Only today they can and are killing civilians more efficiently and without ever bothering to know who the victims are. Even Obama’s daughters love the predator drones.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 06:07

      Total lies and nonsese.

      Garth - 2012-03-13 06:19

      Fido, what does that have to do with a mentally deranged/drunken soldier's rampage through a town? You and d.a.pretorius should get together and form a `talking off topic' forum to express your anti views.

  • brenton.tyrrell - 2012-03-12 22:12

    The US should turn him over to the Afghan authorities for trial, be it just or otherwise. It's time that the American government stop handing out 'get out of jail free cards' to their undisciplined soldiers and contractors'. Just look how Blackwater were absolved of killing 17 largely innocent people in Baghdad. Professional contractors have been tarred with the same brush because of these arrogant Rambo wannabe's.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 06:09

      Clearly, he was mentally ill. Not an excuse, just a fact.

  • Zack - 2012-03-13 08:11

    I Wonder Africa21stcentury what did you say when they vetoed the UN Security Council Resolution on Zimbabwe. The Veto In The Syria Case Is The Right Thing They Did, That Is Trully An Internal Mater, It Has Nothing To Do With The Rest Of The World

      Fred - 2012-03-13 08:26

      You're a teenager. What do you know about responsibility in world affairs, where civilians are being butchered by a cruel dictator using state resources, including its military.

  • Zack - 2012-03-13 08:14

    No Africa21stcentury You Are So Wrong. Internal Maters In A Country Has Nothing To Do With The Rest Of The World, Nobody Seemed To Mind When They Vetoed The UN Security Council Resolution On Zimbabwe, What Makes This Any Different

      Fred - 2012-03-13 08:28

      Zack, you're way too immature to be shouting your mouth off like that. You know close to nothing about world affairs, let alone violent ones such as this. And you're too young to understand responsibility at the required depths to express such a strong opinion.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-13 09:43

      @Zack When a leader takes out one opposition member, it might be an "internal matter", as you call it. When a leader is so WEAK, that the only way he can engage with his opposition, is to murder them , by their thousands, it is most certainly no longer an "internal" matter. It is than not only the right, but the duty for all the world to remove this MURDERER.

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