Curt re­ply on curtsy

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

ZURICH: Aus­tria’s for­eign min­is­ter yes­ter­day re­jected crit­i­cism over her deep curtsy to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at her wed­ding last week, say­ing her ges­ture was not an act of sub­mis­sion.

Karin Kneissl said such a curtsy was cus­tom­ary at the end of a dance, and Putin bowed to her first. Some com­men­ta­tors have ac­cused her of a naive ges­ture that would hurt her coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Kneissl, 53, was ap­pointed by the far-right Free­dom Party which has a co-op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Putin’s United Rus­sia Party.


Ro­hingya refugees out­side their makeshift tent in the Ku­tu­pa­long camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Friday.

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