Russia said on Thursday that the United Kingdom’s decision not to invite any Russian representatives to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday was “immoral” and “blasphemous” amid political tensions between the two countries.
“We believe this British attempt to use a national tragedy that touched the hearts of millions of people around the world for geopolitical purposes to settle scores with our country,” he added. […] “It is an absolutely immoral act,” spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
“It is particularly blasphemous in connection with the memory of Elizabeth II,” he added.
The spokeswoman lamented that the UK, she said, used the attack in Ukraine as an “excuse” not to invite any Russian leader to Elizabeth II’s funeral, which will take place in London on September 19.
Neither Russia nor other countries such as Belarus or its ally, Burma or North Korea were invited to attend the funeral of the king, who died last Thursday at the age of 96.
“British elites are on the side” of the Nazis, Zagarova noted, referring to the significant military and financial support the UK provided to Ukraine against Russian military intervention.
More than 100 kings, heads of state and other dignitaries are expected to attend Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Russia’s absence is a sign that diplomatic relations between Moscow and London have been very strained for years.
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