Russian President Vladimir Putin joined a chorus of world leaders who have been paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, calling her death an “irreparable loss.”
But the Russian strongman’s words of sympathy immediately drew jeers.
In a letter to Britain’s new monarch, King Charles III, the Kremlin strongman said the Queen “rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage.”
Addressing the Queen’s eldest son and heir directly, Putin added: “I wish you courage and resilience in the face of this difficult, irreparable loss. May I ask you to pass on sincere condolences and support to members of the royal family and the entire people of Great Britain.”
Not everyone was impressed with Putin’s paean, with Piers Morgan telling the Russian leader to “stick” his condolences.
Addressing the warmonger directly, Morgan said: “It’s the loss you’re causing to lives in Ukraine that I’m concerned about. So stick your condolences where the sun don’t shine.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that the Russian people have “great respect” for the late Queen, her “wisdom and authority.” “Such qualities are in very short supply on the international stage at the moment.”
On Friday, it was confirmed that Putin will not be attending the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19, but it is expected that an envoy will be dispatched to represent the Russian government at the somber event.
Relations between Russia and the UK have been especially fraught in recent months owing to Britain’s decision to provide robust military and financial support to Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia.
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, who has been sanctioned by the West for his support of the war, called the Queen a symbol of historic traditions for the whole of Europe and “an example of the highest culture.”
The Queen was a distant cousin of Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, who was murdered with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
She visited Russia in 1994, the only reigning British monarch to do so, and hosted Putin for a state visit in 2003, when he famously made the Queen wait for him for 14 minutes.
Then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, who was present during the Russian leader’s visit with his guide dog, later recounted that the pooch barked loudly when it saw Putin.
Blunkett told the BBC that he apologized to the Queen for the animal’s barking, prompting her to remark: “Dogs have interesting instincts, don’t they?”
The Queen and Putin met again in 2014 during an event commemorating D-Day in France.
A photo that was taken at the time showed US President Barack Obama and New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae helping the British monarch down a flight of stairs, with Putin standing off to the side and looking away.
SOURCE: New york post
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