Vladimir Putin sent a direct personal message to Prince Charles when questioned today over the future King's reported comparison of him to Adolf Hitler.
The Russian President said: "Give my words to Prince Charles. He has been to our country more than once - if he made such a comparison, it is unacceptable and I am sure he understands that as a man of manners."
Mr Putin said: "It reminds me of a good proverb: 'You are angry. That means you are wrong."'
Prince Charles compared the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, it has been claimed by a museum volunteer in Canada.
Prince Charles' reported comments about Vladimir Putin have thrown him into the centre of a political row - but not for the first time.