Did anyone pay attention to Britain at G20?

David Cameron and other world leaders at the G20 Mr Cameron played a leading role in discussions on Syria and the global economy, his aides insist

Is it true?

That is the only question which really matters about the suggestion made by a Russian spokesman that Britain is a small island no-one listens to.

At his post summit news conference President Putin clearly enjoyed pointing out that whilst Mr Cameron still backed military action in Syria parliament had said no.

The prime minister's aides insist, though, that was not sidelined at this meeting of world leaders.

Yes, they acknowledge, he did not have a one to one meeting with the US President unlike Barack Obama's new brother in arms, Francois Hollande.

However, they point out that last night [Thursday], before the summit dinner, he could be seen leading the dialogue between the President and other European leaders.

What's more, they note, Mr Cameron chaired a meeting of leaders from Italy, Canada, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the EU and the UN on how to increase humanitarian aid to those affected by the Syrian war and to find safe ways to deliver it.

Even without the backing of MPs the prime minister came here as one of the principal cheerleaders for intervening in Syria. He did not change the minds of other leaders but neither did Presidents Obama or Hollande.

So, perhaps that Kremlin official overstated his case a little.

He did, though, give the prime minister the opportunity to list all that this small island - or should that be islands - had achieved and even, suggest, someone might like to put it to music.

Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 181.

    166. paganpaul
    Reactions to David Camerson's speech can be summarised:
    Tories: proud of the UK
    Labour: despise the UK.
    Cameron is a joke - the final nail in his political coffin was the absurd farce with the EU over capping Hedgebonus - made me feel ashamed of being British - it was embarrassing Corporate Toadyism on a scale hitherto unmatched.

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    Comment number 180.

    Just don't worry about all this business about how important we are.

    Being in the "EU" seems to have been influenced by a desire to have a say in the world. The result is that we don't have a say in the world, in the "EU" or even in our own country. We paid billions upon billions for a phantasy

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    Comment number 179.

    How 'small' our G20 leaders, home & abroad betraying the only hope of self-government - of, for, by humanity rather than by Blind Mammon - in equal partnership

    How much 'smaller', not to be discussing liberation, the bringing of peace and prosperity and long life, for people & planet? Insecure, home & abroad, sham democracies join real dictators, piping humanitarian relief, sitting on their hands

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    Comment number 178.

    Ironic that the greatest, most popular, most admired and most influential Russian ever to have lived was Tchaikovsky...and we all know how Putin and his gangsters would have dealt with him.

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    Comment number 177.

    Nick - any chance of using upper case letters when referring to our prime minister and parliament? You do when referring to President Putin. There are enough people running down this country without this sort of sly denigration.


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