Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, according to multiple reports.
The Russian leader will be barred from the ceremony due to the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, CNN reported, citing a senior official in the British government.
Reuters reports that the UK has not invited representatives from Russia, Myanmar or Belarus – a key Kremlin ally – to the funeral next Monday.
The UK has strongly opposed the ongoing attack on Ukraine, imposing strict sanctions and attacking key figures in the Russian government linked to Putin and his allies. Myanmar is also subject to severe sanctions for its treatment of the Rohingya ethnic minority group.
The Kremlin had already said Putin would not attend the ceremony, although a spokesman said the Russian people “respected” the queen and “her wisdom”.
“For many decades, Elizabeth II rightly enjoyed the love and respect of her subjects and the authority on the world stage,” Putin said in a statement following the Queen’s death last week.
About 500 foreign dignitaries, including some world leaders, are expected to be in London for the funeral, although a guest list has not been made public. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected, as are the Prime Ministers of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The Queen, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at the age of 96. King Charles, her eldest son, now heads the monarchy.
The British government is in the midst of a complicated ten-day period of mourning after her death, part of a meticulously planned event known as Operation London Bridge.
Elizabeth’s funeral is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. local time at London’s Westminster Abbey.