Woman Throws Cake at EU Officials
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MOSCOW (AP) _ A supporter of an ultranationalist party threw a cake at European Commission and Russian officials Tuesday, the Interfax news agency reported.
A woman who said she worked for the banned newspaper Limonka, a publication linked to the extremist National Bolshevik party, threw the cake at officials including the EC’s transport and energy director, Francois Lamoureux, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko at the opening ceremony at a joint Russia-European Union center in Moscow, Interfax said.
She shouted, ``Kaliningrad was, is and will be ours,″ referring to the Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea that will be surrounded by European Union members when Poland and Lithuania join the EU, which is expected in 2004.
The report did not give the woman’s name or say whether she hit anyone with the cake.
Russia and the EU have been embroiled in a dispute over travel by Russians to and from Kaliningrad. Russia wants its citizens to be able to travel overland without visas from Lithuania or Poland, besides access by from the sea. Both sides are hoping for an agreement on the issue at a summit in Brussels next Monday.
The spokeswoman for the EC’s Russia office, Sylvia Kofler, voiced regret over the incident and said the woman who threw the cake was allowed into the opening ceremony of the Russia-EU Center of Energy Technologies on the basis of a document issued by another newspaper, not Limonka, Interfax reported.
A Moscow court ordered Limonka to close in July, charging it incited ethnic conflict and called for the violent overthrow of the government.