A spokesman for Russian President, Vladmir Putin, has, reportedly, described Britain as a small island that nobody pays any attention to apart from oligarchs who have bought Chelsea according to a Daily Mirror report.
The derogatory remark is said to have been made during the G20 summit of world leaders in Russia.
The G20 meeting is being hosted by Vladmir Putin who has clashed with Western leaders who have accused the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against his own people.
According to the report a spokesman for Mr Putin said: “Britain is a small island – nobody pays any attention to them apart from the Russian oligarchs who have bought up Chelsea.”.
Mr Cameron, who has faced suggestions that he has been sidelined at the summit, said: “I don’t accept that for a moment.
“It’s right to make a stand on chemical weapons, it’s right to take that to Parliament, it’s right to respect Parliament.”
The prime minister was forced to rule out British involvement in any strike against Assad after a shock defeat on the issue in parliament.
He also insisted Britain would lead the argument internationally to respond strongly on chemical weapons – and said the UK had further evidence of the use of chemical weapons – reportedly sarin gas – in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
According to the Daily Mirror, Mr Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov denied he was the source of the comments.
The irony of that statement, if indeed it was made, is that the Russian must have been paying attention to Britain, in the first place, to have made the statement