"David Miliband claimed that Russia was fully responsible for the events that happened in South Ossetia in the small morning hours of August 8. Miliband not only refused to recognize the Georgian armed attack on the dormant Tskhinval, but also tried to protect Saakashvili as a great democrat. I had to inform Miliband of a slightly different characteristic of Saakashvili given by one of our European colleagues. That characteristic was 'a f*** lunatic'. That's all. That was a quote presenting a different view of the Georgian president. Anonymous insiders are responsible for any other claims made in the Daily Telegraph blog," Lavrov recalled.
At one point Lavrov allegedly said: “Who are you to f*** lecture me?” In similarly blunt terms he asked Miliband whether he knew Russian history.
RM: “Couldn't have happened to a more deserving chap! Mr Lavrov, thank you, you have no idea how many of us living here in Britain would like to use your terminology when addressing our Foreign Secretary.”