Moscow: David Cameron would have been a "good
KGB agent", Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday in a
lighter vein after his tough parleys with the visiting British
"David would have been a good KGB agent, but then he would
not have become Prime Minister," Medvedev said responding to a
question asked by a foreign correspondent about reports of
KGB`s attempt to enroll David Cameron in 1985 during his visit
to the Soviet Union.
Cameron is the first British leader to visit Russia in
almost last six years since the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning
in 2006, after which 10 Downing Street froze it’s all
diplomatic and political contacts with Vladimir Putin, who had
refused to extradite alleged killer, a former KGB officer
In 2007, the then President Vladimir Putin cited the
constitutional constraint, which does not allow the
extradition of a Russian citizen to a foreign power.
Speaking at a joint press conference in the Kremlin with
Medvedev, Cameron dismissed suggestions that the UK had
"parked" the issue of the death of Litvinenko for trade
"It remains an issue between Britain and Russia. We
haven`t changed our position about that, and the Russians
haven`t changed their position," Cameron said indicating that
Moscow and London have agreed to disagree on the issue, which
remained "important" for his country.
Medvedev reiterated the stance once voiced by his
predecessor Putin that the Russian Constitution bans the
extradition of Russian citizens.
Cameron underscored that as "mature and sensible"
countries, Britain and Russia should try and see if they can
build a relationship in their mutual interests.
Taking a dig at Cameron over his complaint about
corruption in Russia as an obstacle for business, Medvedev
said: "I won`t open a secret that even in UK there is
"The corruption exists in this or that degree in all the
countries of the world, and we cannot go around and tell them
`do this or that` for business," Medvedev said and underscored
that combating corruption is domestic goal, which Russia was