The Kremlin was openly critical of Liz Truss long before she became Prime Minister, and it has no intention of giving Britain’s new leader a honeymoon period.
Truss appeared to irritate Russia’s leadership more than any other of the many foreign politicians who flew to Moscow at the start of this year in an effort to avert an invasion of Ukraine.
Russia also seized on a previous blunder by Truss, who got the Black and Baltic Seas mixed up, causing foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova to lament “the folly and incompetence of Anglo-Saxon politicians.”
Even though the weather was pleasant during her visit, the official publication criticized Truss for posing in a fur cap on Red Square like her role model Margaret Thatcher.
The open disdain for Truss in Moscow contrasts with the admiration that many Russians had for Thatcher, who was seen as a strong opponent and was given the nickname “Iron Lady,” which she accepted as a compliment.