“Very Immoral”: Kremlin Angry Over Exclusion From Queen’s Funeral
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Kremlin angry over Queen’s funeral ban
9/16/2022, 5:14 a.m.
When the British Queen is buried on Monday, guests of state from around the world are expected to attend the funeral service. But not everyone is welcome: apart from North Korea and Myanmar, Russia has also not received an invitation. The Kremlin reacted bitterly.
Moscow has complained about London’s “immoral” and “blasphemous” decision not to invite a representative of Russia to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. The British government is trying to use “the national tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world” for “geopolitical purposes, to settle scores with our country,” said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Foreign Office.
Zakharova criticized this attempt as “highly immoral” and “blasphemous” because it would damage the memory of Elizabeth II. She accused London of using the Russian military operation in Ukraine as a “pretext” to exclude Russia from the funeral.
Elizabeth II died last Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish residence in Balmoral. The funeral service for the Queen with state guests from around the world will take place on Monday at Westminster Abbey. Invited guests include more than a hundred queens, kings and other heads of state. Russia, Belarus, North Korea and Myanmar have not been invited.
Relations between Russia and Britain have been tense for years. The poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in 2018 caused tensions.