The European Union has sharply criticised the parliamentary elections in Russia, marred by repeated complaints of electoral fraud.
Josep Borrell, spokesperson for the EU’s top diplomat said this on Monday at Brussels.
He said that the elections have taken place in an atmosphere of intimidating critical and independent voices.
The spokesperson said the elections for Russia’s lower house,the State Duma, the governing United Russia party has emerged as the clear winner.
He regretted the absence of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) due to a disagreement about the conditions set by Russia on their presence.
He said EU had noted independent and reliable reports on serious violations during the elections.
“In the run-up, there had also been an intensified crackdown on opposition politicians, the media and civil society organizations.’’
The spokesperson said that the EU would never recognize the elections in illegally annexed Crimea, adding that it is up to individual member states to recognize the Russian results as a whole. (dpa/NAN)