Russia's despotic President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the state funeral of Her Majesty, the Queen who died aged 96.
Despite the chances of him being invited being very slim, Putin's spokesman has confirmed that he won't be attending after the monarch passed away yesterday (Thursday, September 8).
Dmitry Peskov said: “This option is not being considered.”
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According to several Russian news outlets, he added: “Well, it has not yet been announced what the protocol practice will be, whether it will even provide for the participation of someone in the funeral, this should all be announced somehow by the royal court, the British authorities, until there have been such announcements.”
Despite the apparent snub of the funeral before an official invite has been made – or not, in his case – Putin did actually reach out to the Royal Family via official Kremlin channels to offer condolences just hours after her death was announced.
The dictator isn't known for his soft touch, but wrote an open letter via the official Kremlin website.
The Russian dictator said: "Your Majesty, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
"The most important events in the recent history of the United Kingdom are inextricably linked with the name of Her Majesty. For many decades, Elizabeth II rightfully enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects, as well as authority on the world stage.
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"I wish you courage and perseverance in the face of this heavy, irreparable loss. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the members of the royal family and all the people of Great Britain.
"Sincerely, Vladimir Putin.”
Putin would likely not have been invited to the funeral due to the United Kingdom effectively severing all ties with the outcast nation due to its decision to invade Ukraine earlier this year.
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