David Cameron has delivered a passionate response to a Russian official’s alleged dismissal of Britain as a “small island” whose views can be ignored.
In response the Prime Minister said: “Let me be clear – Britain may be a small island, but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience.”
Downing Street has demanded “clarification” from the Kremlin over the remarks reportedly made by President Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
He apparently told reporters that the UK was “just a small island: no one pays any attention to them”.
Mr Peskov denied that he was responsible for the comment and insisted it did not reflect the reality of Russia’s views on its “positive” relations with the UK.
He said: “I don’t know the source of that claim. I simply can’t explain the source of that claim. Definitely it is nothing to do with reality. It is definitely not something I have said.”
Asked if he thought the comment might have been made by someone representing Mr Putin, he said: “Definitely not.”