Furious Russia demands talks over Prince Charles remarks
By Danny Kemp , AFP
May 23, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
LONDON--Russia angrily demanded an official explanation from Britain at talks on Thursday after Prince Charles reportedly compared President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler.
Moscow said the comments were "not worthy of a future British monarch", while a senior Russian diplomat was heading for the Foreign Office in London to lodge a protest over the heir to the throne's remarks.
Charles, 65, made the apparently unguarded comment during a trip to a museum in Canada, in a private conversation with a Polish-born woman who had fled the Nazis as a child, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.
"If these words were really said, then undoubtedly they are not worthy of a future British monarch," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow.
"We have requested an official explanation from British authorities over the statements."
The Russian embassy in London issued a separate statement saying deputy ambassador Alexander Kramarenko would raise the "outrageous remarks made by Prince Charles in Canada" in his meeting on Thursday.