News ID: 238960
Published: 0354 GMT February 16, 2019

Lavrov dubs Britain's Williamson 'minister of war'

Lavrov dubs Britain's Williamson 'minister of war'
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on February 15, 2019.

A day after British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson accused Moscow of “trying to goad the West” in a bellicose speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called him Britain’s minister of war.

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.”



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