May 24 - ''It's not royal behavior,'' Russian President Vladimir Putin says in response to Britain's Prince Charles reportedly likening him to Hitler. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Vladimir Putin is criticizing the "royal behavior" of Prince Charles. During an interview with international news agency executives, the Russian President said it was unacceptable for Prince Charles to compare him to Hitler. The Prince's comments were reportedly made during a recent trip to Canada. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "In such cases, I recall one good expressions: If you are angry, it means you are not right . Please pass it on to both the prime minister and Prince Charles. He has been to our country many times. I didn't hear that expression. If it's so, it's of course unacceptable. I think that he understands that himself. He's a well-brought-up person. I met him and other members of the royal family. It's not royal behavior." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS MANAGING EDITOR, PAUL INGRASSIA, SAYING: "Some commentators in the West have said that they believe your ultimate goal is to re-create much of the former Soviet Union." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "That's a wrong view and I believe that it is not what corresponds with reality, but what in fact is an instrument in the information war. It is an attempt to stick a label on us - a label that we are trying to restore the empire, the Soviet Union, and submit everybody to our influence. It's absolutely inconsistent with reality." All eyes are on Putin and the Ukrainian crisis -- a day before Ukraine will vote for a new president. A vote Kiev hopes can help end a bitter strife with Russia.