Zhirinovsky spits back

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The Independent Online
STRASBOURG (Reuter) - Russia's ultra-nationalist leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said yesterday that Russia should bomb Western bases in Italy in response to Nato air strikes against Serbs around the Bosnian town of Gorazde.

Completing a typically tempestuous day in the West, he also spat back and flung gravel and earth at Jewish students who accused him of being anti-Semitic.

Despite a French government ban on inflammatory statements, Mr Zhirinovsky lost no time in using a visit by Russian deputies to the Council of Europe to attack the West.

He told the council's parliamentary assembly: 'We are ahead of you. Russia has more rights and liberties than you have in Europe. You have members who use their armed forces to fight against democracy,' he said, naming Turkey and Britain.