Amid the untimely resignation of British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday, Russia has reacted by calling the short-serving British premier a “disgrace.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel, “Britain has never known such a disgrace of a prime minister.”
Zakharova mentioned that, “She will be remembered for her catastrophic illiteracy.”
Truss was in office for just 45 days before making an announcement about her resignation on Thursday, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
During her brief premiership, Truss had taken a hard line against Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine.
Truss added in her resignation speech, which she delivered outside No. 10 Downing Street, “Putin’s illegal battle in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent.”
“I recognize, though, given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected,” Truss added.
Before becoming prime minister last month, Truss had also served as British foreign secretary, a role in which she was criticized by officials in Russia for what they called her failed attempts to boost ties between the U.K. and Russia.
The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov has described his talks with Truss during a visit to Moscow shortly before the invasion of Ukraine as being like talks between “the deaf and the dumb.”
In her tense meeting with Lavrov, she also confused two regions of Russia with areas of Ukraine.
Relations between Russia and the U.K., already strained due to a litany of issues, deteriorated even further due to the war in Ukraine.
Also on Thursday, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace revealed that a Russian fighter jet had “released” a missile in the direction of a British military aircraft flying over the Black Sea, in an incident Russia later claimed was caused by a “technical malfunction.”
Wallace said he had been in touch with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu to express the U.K. government’s concern about the event.