Cameron would have made 'good KGB spy': Medvedev

12th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said his guest British Prime Minister David Cameron would have made a "good KGB agent" as the two met to mend ties damaged by the 2006 poisoning of a Kremlin critic in London.

"I am sure David would have been a good KGB agent," Medvedev told reporters after talks with Cameron, when asked by a journalist whether he thought his guest would have made a good spy.

"But in that case he would never have become British prime minister," Medvedev said to laughter from the audience consisting of top Russian and British officials and journalists.

Cameron, who has in the past said he believed there was an attempt to recruit him to serve as a spy for Russia, chose not to comment at the Kremlin.

But speaking to Moscow students earlier in the day, Cameron told of his encounter with two Russian strangers who spoke "perfect English" as he travelled across the Soviet Union.

"They took me out to lunch; they took me out to dinner. They asked me intriguing questions about life in England, about what I thought about politics," he said of his trip to the Black Sea coast during his gap year.

"When I got to university I told my tutor about this and he asked me whether I thought it was an interview. Well, if it was, it seems I didnt get the job. My fortunes have improved a bit since then and so have those of Russia."

The talks between Cameron and Medvedev were the first top-level bilateral contacts since the death from polonium poisoning in London of Alexander Litvinenko, a fierce Vladimir Putin critic, severely damaged bilateral ties.

Putin, Russia's prime minister who is generally considered the country's paramount leader, famously served as a KGB agent in East Germany under the Soviet Union.

Later in the day the British and Russian prime ministers held a separate meeting during which they pledged to ramp up economic and investment cooperation.

London officials have said this was to be the first contact a British minister or diplomat has made with Putin, who may return to the Kremlin in 2012 presidential polls, since the murder of Litvinenko.

The Kremlin critic had accused the then Russian president of murder in his deathbed statement.

© 2011 AFP

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