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Russia fury at Charles' Hitler jibe

By Sam Lister

Russia has responded with anger to reports that the Prince of Wales compared President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, saying the comments "do not befit" a future king.

Moscow's response came as the country's deputy ambassador Alexander Kramarenko met senior British diplomats at the Foreign Office (FCO) in London to demand an explanation.

The prince's comment was made to 78-year-old Marienne Ferguson during a visit to Canada with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Ms Ferguson, a volunteer at the Museum of Immigration in Halifax, said she told Charles how her Jewish family fled the Nazis when they invaded the free city of Danzig at the outset of the Second World War, adding that he responded: "Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler."

A statement issued by the Russian embassy in London denounced the comment as "outrageous".

"The minister-counsellor of the embassy, Mr Alexander Kramarenko, will meet this afternoon the representatives of the FCO to discuss a range of bilateral issues," said the statement.

"The outrageous remarks made by Prince Charles in Canada will be among the questions raised. The embassy asked the FCO for official clarifications on that yesterday."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich added: "If these words indeed were said, they don't befit a future British monarch."

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