[日期:05-26] 来源:泸江英语  作者:未知 [字体: ]

  Russia yesterday lashed out at Prince Charles for comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler, publicly questioning his fitness to be king.

  As controversy continued to rage around the world, Russia's foreign ministry said his remarks were 'unacceptable, outrageous and dishonourable' and 'not worthy of a future British monarch'.

  Russian diplomats insisted on meeting counterparts in London, where they are understood to have demanded an official explanation.

  But the frosty 40-minute talks at the Foreign Office in London ended without agreement when British officials flatly refused to discuss Charles's words – and instead attacked Russia for seeking to destabilise eastern Ukraine.

  'There was not a meeting of minds,' said one senior Whitehall source. As the diplomatic crisis escalated:

  Pro-Putin media in Russia linked the Royal Family to the Nazis in retaliation for Charles's attack.

  The Russian leader's biographer condemned the prince's remarks, insisting he had no 'plans for world domination as Hitler openly did'.

  Charles flew back to Britain at the end of his tour of Canada, where he made his comments.

  The Foreign Office said it had told Russian diplomats to stop interfering in Ukraine's presidential elections taking place on Sunday.

  A Russian newspaper close to the regime attacked Charles as 'a clearly defined eccentric' whose remarks were in keeping with his 'royal foolishness'.

  The Daily Mail revealed earlier this week the prince's extraordinary remarks as he met Second World War veterans and their families on his Canada visit.

  'And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler,' he told Marianne Ferguson, a museum volunteer who fled to Canada with her Jewish family when she was 13 and lost relatives in the Holocaust.

  His remarks were seen as a reference to Putin's seizure of Crimea – the first annexation by a major power in Europe since the end of the Second World War in 1945.

  Russia is now accused of sending undercover military forces into the Black Sea and other areas of eastern Ukraine with large ethnic Russian populations, using the pretext of protecting the Russian minority to take over more Ukrainian territory.

  Yesterday Sian MacLeod, a Foreign Office director covering Eastern Europe, met Russian deputy ambassador Alexander Kramarenko at his request to discuss Charles's attack.

  The Whitehall source said: 'The Russians were not happy and said they wanted to know what was going on. It is fair to say they were surprised by our blanket refusal to engage with the subject of the private conversations of the heir to the throne.

  'Instead we said we would rather talk about a country one part of which they have annexed and another part of which they are trying to destabilise.'

  Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich questioned whether Charles was fit to be king after his broadside comparing Putin and Hitler.

  'If these words were really said, then undoubtedly they are not worthy of a future British monarch,' he said. 'We have requested an official explanation from British authorities over the statements.

  'We view the use of the Western Press by members of the British Royal Family to spread the propaganda campaign against Russia on a pressing issue – that is, the situation in Ukraine – as unacceptable, outrageous and low.'

  Another senior diplomatic official in Moscow, Maria Zakharova, said sarcastically: 'Prince Charles and Prince Harry have a special kind of relations with Nazism, I must say.'

  That was apparently a reference to the sympathies of some members of the Windsor family with Hitler in the 1930s and Harry's appearance at a fancy dress party in a German uniform.

  Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in London denounced the 'outrageous remarks made by Prince Charles in Canada'.

  Russian officials pointed out that the Soviets lost 26million defeating the Nazis, with Churchill acknowledging it was the Russians 'who tore the guts out of the German army'.

  A commentary in newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets said Charles was considered by the British to be 'a clearly defined eccentric' who talked to trees and once dismissed senior Chinese leaders as 'awful old waxworks'.

  Privately, Charles has expressed his frustration that his trip has been dominated by a remark that was not, to his mind, a political statement but an expression of sympathy.

  'The prince isn't angry per se, just very, very frustrated that something which was in no way a political pronouncement on his behalf has overshadowed everything the tour was trying to achieve,' said a royal source.

  A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'People and governments across the world strongly condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine including the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the provoking of instability on the territory of a sovereign neighbour.'

  Yesterday, 14 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a hail of mortar shells fired by pro-Russian forces.












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