Vladimir Putin became one of the first world leaders to congratulate King Charles III.
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your accession to the throne. I wish Your Majesty success, good health and all the best.”
Putin also offered condolences when the death of the Queen was announced, offering “sincere sympathy” to the country following her death.
He wrote: “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.”
The Kremlin also said that the wisdom of the late Queen would be missed internationally. The Russian people had “great respect” for Queen Elizabeth II, spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, singling out her qualities of “wisdom and authority” adding, “Such qualities are in very short supply on the international stage at the moment.”