Russia claims the Queen is a heavy drinker enjoying ‘cocktails all day’ and Theresa May ‘has a brandy habit’

-Aleksey Pushkov said Her Majesty approaches drinking as if it were a ‘ceremony’

-He said on Russian television that the monarch drinks cocktails before dinner

-Pushkov even produced a wine ‘expert’ to claim Theresa May is a brandy lover

Outlandish claims by Russia suggest the Queen is a heavy drinker who enjoys up to five beverages a day.

The politician, who is aligned with President Vladimir Putin, also suggested the Prime Minister could have a brandy habit and claimed that both women had tell-tale signs that gave them away. ‘Before dinner she [Her Majesty] drinks a cocktail made from gin and another based on wine, with ice and lemon,’ Pushkov told state TV, according to the Sun. ‘After the meal, she has a glass of wine with a bar of chocolate. ‘She also drinks dry Martini. At the end of the day, she likes to drink cool champagne.’

That’s a lot of info to glean just from watching the Queen on TV but the claims against Mrs May were probably even stranger. Elina Denisover, a so called wine expert, suggested her method of cupping her glass exposed her. She added: ‘You will get drunk quicker and it is just not pleasant. ‘It means that May got used to another kind of glass – for Cognac.’

The Conservatives called it all nonsense of course, with Tory MP Bernard Jenkin claiming Russia was trying to undermine the UK with the ‘absurd’ comments. None of this is likely to do anything for the strained relationship between the two countries over the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal are recovering well after being poisoned with Novochik on March 4. Britain accused Russia of carrying out the attack but the Kremlin has denied any involvement.

It comes as Foreign Office diplomats state smears by Russia were aimed at discrediting Britain’s claim that Russia tried to kill former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

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