Putins top Russian aide claims Royal Family do not contact us in furious rant
Russian President Vladimir Putin's man in the UK has claimed that the Royal family “do not contact us” since King Charles came to power.
Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin was giving an interview to Kremlin-loving Russian news outlet IZ when the comments were made.
In a wide-ranging interview, he was asked what he thought about the UK's involvement in backing Ukraine against Russian invaders.
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During the chat, he was asked if there has been any contact between Russia and King Charles III.
He said: “No, and I know that members of the royal family are advised not to support or engage in contacts with the Russian embassy.
“We are in contact with the Foreign Office, and they happen with a certain regularity.
“We mainly discuss with British diplomats the work of the British Embassy in Moscow and the Russian diplomatic mission here.
“We come to understand that it should be approximately the same (but) we are not met with open arms.”
The Daily Star has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
The UK has been one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine, particularly during the heady days of when Boris Johnson was Prime Minister.
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Several Russian oligarchs have been banned from the country, with millions of pounds-worth of assets seized.
And that, Kelin claimed, has now left the UK being seen as somewhere that is “hostile” to the Russian people.
He also labelled it a “pirate haven”.
He explained: “No one will consider Great Britain a safe haven – it turned out to be a pirate haven rather.
“In the best of times, before 2018, there were many representative offices of Russian business here (about 60 of our representative offices and firms), Russian government bonds were traded on the stock exchange, and London was one of the first places in terms of capital consolidation.
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“After 2018, the British government took a course that gradually pushed Russian businesses to leave here.
“The presence of Russian business has now been reduced to almost a minimum due to distrust of the British authorities, which are forcing sanctions, including personal ones.”
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