London: Russia has dismissed Britain as `a small island that nobody listens to` at the G20 summit of world leaders.
A spokesman for host President Vladimir Putin, Syria`s big ally, tried to dismiss the UK, saying that Britain is a small island - nobody pays any attention to them apart from the Russian oligarchs who have bought up Chelsea.
The extraordinary slur came at the meeting in St Petersburg while world leaders were discussing over Syria gas attacks.
According to the Mirror, Russia`s remarks were clearly aimed at deflating the importance of British Prime Minister David Cameron`s backing for America`s proposed air strikes against Bashar al-Assad regime.
Cameron was left furious over Russia`s remarks and claimed he had fresh evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria.
But America was the major target of Russia`s anger.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was branded a `liar` who misled his own Congress to get a vote in favour of bombing Syria.
Putin also said he has doubts over US claims about having evidence the Assad regime was responsible for the gas attack on August 21, the report added.