In a fit of pique, Prime Minister Gordon Brown had yet another cabinet reshuffle today.
Having decided who was out, Mr. Brown sent the sacked Ministers to Russia, in order to prevent another diplomatic incident.
A Downing Street spokesman announced, "The Prime Minister has decided to pre-empt Russian demands that we all resign. In order to pacify Mr Putin, it has been decided that we will exile a few Cabinet Ministers to the Russian Embassy in Moscow. We have made it clear that we don't want any Russian Politicians in return, and hope that this will be an end to the matter."
A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in London, Ivor Dickoff, said in reply, "This is most generous of Mr. Brown, for sending us a wonderful gift of politicians of such calibre. As we won't be able to pay their gilt-edged pensions in the future, we will probably have to move them all to a comfy Gulag when we've debriefed, er I mean entertained them."
The most senior Minister sacked, Chancellor Alistair Darling, was said to be "devastated" by the move, as he said that he didn't speak French at all.