1235 GMT March 23, 2019
Lavrov addressed the Munich Security Conference on Saturday and seized the opportunity to jibe back at Williamson when asked about the security situation of the Arctic, Reuters reported.
Williamson, addressing the meeting on Friday, accused Russia of “illegal activity” on land and at sea, and called on Moscow to reset its relationship with Western countries through dialogue.
“We want to understand what kind of mandate NATO is going to have in the Arctic,” Lavrov said.
“If you listen to some people like the minister of war – oh, sorry the minister of defense – of the United Kingdom then you might get an impression that nobody except NATO have the right to be anywhere,” he added to laughter.
It was not the first time Lavrov and Williamson have clashed verbally.
Last year, after Williamson told Russia to “go away and shut up”, Lavrov retorted: “Maybe he lacks education.”