Britain's Cameron rejects Russian 'small island' jibe
ST PETERSBURG (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday strongly defended Britain's achievements after a Russian official reportedly dismissed it as a "small island" with no international influence.
Mr Cameron said no country had a "bigger heart" than Britain and listed achievements, including defeating fascism in World War II, spawning the pop group One Direction and inventing what he said were most of the world's most popular sports.
British newspapers had quoted an unnamed Russian official at the G-20 summit in St Petersburg as saying: "Britain is a small island. Nobody pays any attention to them apart from the Russian oligarchs who have bought up Chelsea."
Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Pesko formally denied making the remark. The comments, however, stung after Mr Cameron lost a parliamentary vote last week on taking part in military action against Syria, leading to questions in Britain about London's relationship with Washington and its standing in the world.