LONDON (AP) — Russia criticized Prince Charles' reported comparison of President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler and protested the matter Thursday in a face-to-face meeting with British officials.
Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, reportedly compared Hitler's 1939 invasion of Poland with Russia's annexation of Crimea in a private conversation during his trip to Canada earlier this week.
In Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Russia wanted an explanation from Britain about whether Charles expressed that view and whether the wider British government shares it.
"We consider the use of a member of the British royal family by the Western press for waging a propaganda campaign against Russia over ... the situation in Ukraine as unacceptable, outrageous and base," Lukashevich said.
Russian Embassy officials in London met British Foreign Office counterparts Thursday. The embassy said in a statement it sought "official clarifications" of the prince's "outrageous remarks."
Afterward, the Foreign Office said diplomat Sian MacLeod had told Russian Deputy Ambassador Alexander Kramarenko that the British government "could not be expected to comment upon reports of private conversations."