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DAVID Cameron has issued an impassioned rebuttal of Russia’s reported dismissal of Britain as a “small island” whose views can be ignored.

Downing Street demanded “clarification” from the Kremlin of reported remarks by a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, who was said to have told reporters that the UK was “just a small island: no one pays any attention to them”.

Mr Putin’s chief spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, denied that he was responsible for the comment, insisting it did not reflect the reality of Russia’s views on its “positive” relations with the UK.

Illustration by Brian Adcock

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