"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.


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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