Friday, May 23, 2014
"Outrageous!" Moscow Hits Back At Prince Charles Over Putin-Hitler Comparison
Via RT: Moscow has demanded an official explanation from the UK over reported comments in which Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, compared Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the run up to World War II. "If such comments were genuinely made, they do not reflect well on the future King of England. We are not concerned, we are outraged", said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich. "As one of the members of the UK’s Labour Party said, royals should be seen and not heard", continued the Russian official, who said that any response will depend on the explanation offered by the British side. The Russian ambassador in London met with Foreign Office representatives on Thursday afternoon, but the British side refused to comment on what it termed a "private conversation". The royal’s remarks, allegedly made to a 78-year-old Canadian during an official visit to the country, surfaced earlier this week. When Marienne Ferguson described escaping Gdansk in Poland 1939 ahead of the invasion by Nazi Germany, the prince reportedly said "And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler", referring to the recent incorporation of formerly Ukrainian Crimea into Russia. Ferguson, who revealed the conversation to the Daily Mail, said the remarks appeared "heartfelt and honest". The Royal Family’s press office did not deny the content of the chat, but insisted that "the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation". The comments provoked a mixed response from the UK’s political class. "If Prince Charles wants to make controversial statements on national or international issues he should abdicate and stand for election. In a constitutional monarchy, policy and diplomacy should be conducted by parliament and government. Monarchy should be seen and not heard", said a tweet from Mike Gapes, a senior Labour MP and former chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the UK parliament’s international policy body.