Russia Slams Prince Charles’ Putin-Hitler Jibe

LONDON (AP) -

In a meeting with British officials, Russia criticized Prince Charles’ reported comparison of President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler Thursday. Charles reportedly compared Hitler’s 1939 invasion of Poland with Russia’s annexation of Crimea in a private conversation during his trip to Canada earlier this week.

In Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Russia wanted an explanation from Britain about whether Charles had expressed that view and whether the British government shares it.

Russian Embassy officials in London met British counterparts Thursday. The embassy said in a statement it sought “official clarifications” of the prince’s “outrageous remarks.”

Afterward, the Foreign Office said diplomat Sian MacLeod had told Russian Deputy Ambassador Alexander Kramarenko that the British government “could not be expected to comment upon reports of private conversations.”