Lavrov Admits Swearing, Diplomatically

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has acknowledged that he used an expletive in a conversation with his British counterpart but said he was just repeating a colorful description he had heard of Georgia's president.

Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported this week that Lavrov had launched into a tirade when discussing last month's war in Georgia with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Lavrov denied any such tirade, but said he struggled in their telephone conversation to convince Miliband that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had started the war, not Russia.

"In order to present Miliband with a different point of view, I had to tell him about a description of Saakashvili that our colleague from a European state gave in a conversation with me," Lavrov said, Itar-Tass reported.

"That description went like this: 'F— lunatic,'" Itar-Tass cited Lavrov as telling reporters. "And that was all there was to it."