Putin: Charles' Comments 'Not Royal Behavior'

Russian is unamused by prince's Ukraine critique

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2014 5:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin has heard Prince Charles' comparison of his actions in Ukraine to those of one Adolf Hitler, and he is unamused, reports the BBC. The Russian leader, speaking yesterday to major news agencies including the AP, labeled such comments variously "wrong," "unacceptable," and "not royal behavior." "I think he understands that himself," said Putin. Reps for Charles, perhaps wisely, had no comment.

Putin also hit upon the very situation Charles was critiquing, saying that "If the main bonus (of relations) Russia gets is to sit in the room and listen to what other people are saying, then that is not a role Russia can agree to. We always take into account the interests of our partners ... but there are some lines that cannot be crossed, and Ukraine and Crimea was that line."

This is a June 26, 2003 file photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he shares a limousine with Prince Charles in London, during a visit to Britain.   (AP Photo/Tim Ockenden/PA, File)
Prince Charles waves just before leaving Winnipeg, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, David Lipnowski)
Vladimir Putin meets with senior reps of major news agencies in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
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