MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev joked on Monday that visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron would have made a very good KGB agent, after Cameron suggested that the Soviet security service tried to recruit him when he was a student.
"I am convinced David would have been a very good KGB agent but in this case he would have never become prime minister of Britain," Medvedev said at a joint news conference at the Kremlin as both leaders laughed.
Cameron earlier tried to break the ice in a speech to students at Moscow State University by recalling how he had first visited Russia in the waning years of the Cold War in 1985 during a gap year between school and university.
"I took the Trans-Siberian Railway from Nakhodka to Moscow and went on to the Black Sea coast. There two Russians -- speaking perfect English -- turned up on a beach mostly used by foreigners," he said.