Putin banned from attending Queen Elizabeth's funeral: Immoral!
Vladimir Putin has not been invited to attend the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September. This is a decision that the Kremlin has called "immoral" and "blasphemous".
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Britain is using the national tragedy for geopolitical purposes.
"We see this British attempt to use a national tragedy, which has touched the hearts of millions around the world, for geopolitical purposes to settle scores with our country... as profoundly immoral. This is particularly blasphemous to Elizabeth. From our side , we express our deepest condolences to the British people for the great loss they suffered," Zakharova said.
The state funeral will be attended by presidents and prime ministers from around the world, however the Russian leader is said to have been snubbed due to strained relations with the United Kingdom.
A Chinese government delegation has also been banned from attending the tributes in honor of the Queen. Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle refused a request by the Chinese delegation to enter Westminster Hall due to Chinese sanctions against 5 MPs.
Heads of state from almost every country in the world have received invitations to the ceremony, with the exception of Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar. Great Britain does not have diplomatic relations with Syria and Venezuela, while it has been reported that Afghanistan has not been invited due to the current political situation.