EU 'concerned' over Russia elections
EU president Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday said the bloc was "concerned" by voting irregularities and lack of fairness in Russia's recent elections.
Speaking at the close of an EU-Russia summit with President Dmitry Medvedev, Van Rompuy said "we had an honest discussion" on the conduct of the Duma elections last week.
"We welcome the fact that 500 election observers were invited" to the Russian parliamentary elections on December 4, Van Rompuy said at a press conference where he spoke side by side with Medvedev and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
"We are concerned by irregularities and lack of fairness" as reported by observers and parts of the Russian public, he added.
"And we are concerned by the detention of protesters.
"In contrast the recent large demonstrations were peaceful and the authorities in my view handled it very well," he added.
Van Rompuy said the European Union in consequence welcomed a commitment by Medvedev "to investigate in a fair and impartial manner reports about electoral problems."
© 2011 AFP