Russian President Vladimir Putin is not planning on going to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in his daily press briefing on Friday.
Although “Russians respected her for her wisdom,” Peskov said, Putin’s attendance at the Queen’s funeral “is not being considered”.
Her Majesty, aged 96, passed away in Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday September 8. The Russian leader however sent his condolences to newly-appointed King Charles III following the death of Her Majesty.
In an open letter, published on the Kremlin’s website, Putin 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.
“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.”