Russia asks clarification of Prince Charles' Putin-Hitler comment

Russia has asked the British Foreign Office for "official clarification."
By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   May 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM
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LONDON , May 22 (UPI) -- Russia's deputy ambassador to Britain is seeking "official clarification" of remarks allegedly made by Britain's Prince Charles, comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler.

"The outrageous remarks...will be among the questions raised" when Alexander Kramarenko, the deputy ambassador, meets with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in London said Thursday, adding, "The remarks did the prince no credit, if he really said this."

Prince Charles reportedly made the remark earlier this week while visiting an immigration museum in Halifax, Canada. He and museum employee Marianne Ferguson were discussing Nazi takeover of countries, prior to and during World War II, when Ferguson recalled the prince said "something to the effect of 'it's not unlike...what Putin is doing.'"

A statement from Clarence House, Prince Charles' London residence, said he "would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation." Wednesday British Prime Minister David Cameron attempted to downplay the incident, saying only that "everyone is entitled to their private opinions."

Prince Charles and Putin are expected to attend a D-Day commemoration anniversary event in France on June 6.

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