The British are banning both Russians and Chinese from paying respects to the Queen.
I’d go so far as to say it’s tacky.
A Russian official said the UK’s decision not to invite Russia to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was “deeply immoral.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said UK officials cited the war in Ukraine.
A UK official told CNN that representatives from Belarus and Myanmar would also not be invited.
Belarus, Myanmar, and… China.
A Chinese government delegation has been banned from attending the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II, the BBC understands.
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle is understood to have refused a request for access to Westminster Hall over Chinese sanctions against five MPs and two peers.
Queen Elizabeth will lie in state until her funeral on Monday.
The Speaker’s office told the BBC it did not comment on security matters.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said they had not seen a reports about the ban, which first emerged on the Politico website.
“As a host, the UK is certainly familiar with diplomatic protocols and proper manners of receiving guests,” China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Mao Ning, said.
Last year, China imposed travel bans and asset freezes on nine Britons – including seven parliamentarians – for accusing Beijing of mistreating Uighur Muslims.
So, it’s a security matter?
The Queen was celebrated for being totally apolitical. A lot of right-wingers took issue with that. I’ve defended her.
But it is very ironic that the UK government would politicize her funeral.
Is nothing sacred?