The Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Security Council, Vasily Nebenzia, speaking at Security Council meetings, has become known for his use of references from classical literature, including by the English.
At the beginning of the emergency meeting on Syria held in New York, he said that the situation reminds him of the book by Lewis Carroll – not “Alice in Wonderland” , but “Alice through the Looking Glass”.
Then, commenting on accusations of Russia to attempt to poison the Skripals, the Permanent Representative reminded the audience of Shakespeare’s words: “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind” (Henry VI).
Karen Pierce, Britain’s permanent representative to the UN Security Council, responded that the Russian account of London’s behavior with the Skripals was reminiscent of the novel “1984” by George Orwell, supplemented by modern Russian methods. She promised to give Nebenzya a subscription to the English book club.
Russian permanent representative, in a conversation with journalists, noted that he was very grateful for such an offer and was thinking over the answer to his British counterpart . He also assured that literature pickings will continue in UN statements.
Earlier, Nebenzia and Pierce had already cited Lewis Carroll’s books, and also appealed to the works of Conan Doyle and Dostoevsky.