"A small island no-one pays attention to."

 

Thus, a Russian spokesman described Britain in the days before David Cameron travelled to St. Petersburg for the G20 summit.

After the BBC first reported this yesterday, President Putin's press secretary and close adviser Dmitri Peskov insisted that "it is definitely not something I have said". He went on to add that Mr Putin had good relations with David Cameron.

Number 10 seem unconvinced. A spokesman said: "I'm sure the Russians will want to clarify these reported remarks."

They went on to claim that the G20 agenda reflected "a very British agenda" and "highlighted how a small island with great people can achieve a big footprint in the world."

It is clear that beneath the smiles and handshakes at this summit the tensions lie not far below the surface.

Update

At 2am local time Putin began his second meeting of the evening with the leader of the small island....

 
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    Comment number 78.

    76 Pete

    And if I remember right he was only one man in an office of about 25 at Cern in Switzerland where the coding was developed.

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    Comment number 77.

    c.f. Cameron's defence

    We invented everything worth inventing? Really?

    Who invented the moveable type? Who invented the internal combustion engine? Who invented the radio? Who invented the AC system? Who invented the phonograph? Who invented the first jet engine of the CORRECT design?

    Ans: Korean, German, Serbian, Serbian, American, German.
    All pretty important inventions I'd say.

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    Comment number 76.

    c.f. Cameron's defence

    The World Wide Web was NOT invented by us. Cameron was presumably referring to TIm Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee only helped with the coding for the HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). The idea of connecting computers in a network was already introduced in the late 1970's by the Americans.

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    Comment number 75.

    c.f. Cameron's rebuff.
    Cameron, you're a disgrace. Have you no shame in ranting like a petulant ten-year old on the world stage?

    Abolished slavery? The whole world is laughing now- which country practised the most widespread commercial slavery the world had ever known for nearly three centuries?

    Abolished fascism from Europe? Really? If a Russian hears that then he'll probably lynch you.

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    Comment number 74.

    67. Little_Old_Me

    Not that those satellite nations had much choice about looking to Russia with their tanks parked around every corner.

    They soon decided which way to look once given a chance. So much for socialism. The great failure of the 20th century.

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    Comment number 73.

    Small island Mr Peskov? That may well be the case but I don't think that Cyrillic is the world's preferred language or that many people refer to Moscow Mean Time. By the way, the Olympics medal table might refresh your memory as to our world stature.

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    Comment number 72.

    Perhaps Mr Cameron failed his history exams.
    1606 Act of Parliament which introduced slavery to coal & salt mining; which allowed Masters to fit their slaves with brass collars etched with the "slave's" names along with his "owner's" name.
    Maybe we did help abolish the slave trade, but only after certain, by now rich, folk had made their fortunes.

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    Comment number 71.

    69.Chris H - "....It is also not to be cheer leader for the Labour Party which report after report shows it is...."


    You mean 'which Tory paid for report after Tory paid for report"...


    ...you tell lies - if you do not like me claiming that then show us INDEPENDANT evidence to contradict my statement......

    ....if your "report after report" are not INDEPENDENT then they prove NOTHING....

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    Comment number 70.

    And in answer to your question Nick well yes he clearly did as he always does but your reports repeatedly fail to show that and you lose the important bits under your never ending monologue of hate towards our elected Prime Minister.

    People like you at the BBC must make Lord Reith turn in his grave...

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    Comment number 69.

    @56 : "Their remit is to inform & entertain. It is not to be cheer leaders for the nation or to do the Government's job for them....."

    Yes and No Sir. It is also not to be cheer leader for the Labour Party which report after report shows it is. The BBC is paid for by taxes so should be scrupulously independent, thorough and more importantly neutral. And NEVER run down the country that funds it

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    Comment number 68.

    Let's just face it, we just don't like each other so the UN is just a lie. Boris was right, we are closer to Aussie's & Kiwi's than anyone else. They must be apologized to immediately for treating them like asylum seekers when they want to stay or come here. I like their spirit, openness & toughness. We need this fire back pronto otherwise it's curtains certainly for England.

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    Comment number 67.

    60.OddSage


    And thus in one short comment you demonstrate the complete & utter delusional mind set of the average Brit.....


    ....the other nations that made up the USSR paid plenty of attention to Russia, as did the East European nations, as did all NATO nations during the cold war, & since for all due to Russian oil/gas reserves....

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    Comment number 66.

    Dear Nick,

    The world can be a cold hostile place where people lob bombs and throw acid at innocent children.

    Meantime some in our country runs it and us down shame that,there must be a reason but right now it escapes me.

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    Comment number 65.

    How come we must be the only country in the world where blowing your own whistle is illegal? And running down your own country is compulsory?

    Sad that and quite untrue.

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    Comment number 64.

    very well said by putin adviser, this is the first time I would agree with them.

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    Comment number 63.

    I think Putin is brilliant.

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    Comment number 62.

    59 Nigel

    "-- utter tosh!! Have you ever visited London?"

    Used to live there. What's that got to do with anything? Surely Barclays Bank have no reason to fiddle the figures?

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    Comment number 61.

    57 Stuart

    "and winning, ever since Henry V took on the French"

    He of course won a battle at Agincourt during the Hundred Years War which was WON by the French

    Another attempt at empire building that came to naught

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    Comment number 60.

    Russia, the worlds biggest country
    no-one has ever payed attention to.

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    Comment number 59.

    "Europe's richest city" Are you sure?

    "Research by Britain’s Barclays Bank shows that, by GDP, Frankfurt is Europe’s richest city."

    -- utter tosh!! Have you ever visited London?

    By GDP, according to most rankings, it is 4th or 5th after Tokyo, NYC, LA and Seoul.. so the largest in Europe.. as it is by almost every other measure..

 

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