Friday, February 3, 2012

Moscow: Ashton Interferes in Russia’s Home Affairs

The Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said that the call by the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Russia to review its decision to bar liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky from taking part in the upcoming presidential elections is an interference into Russia’s home affairs. Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party and two-time presidential candidate, was disqualified last week after officials judged that 25.6 percent of the 2 million signatures submitted as part of his application were invalid or fake. “I call on the responsible authorities to review as a matter of urgency the decision not to register Grigory Yavlinsky,” Ashton said during the European Parliament’s debates on Russia in Brussels. “The EU leadership would better pay attention to their home problems, rather than lecturing others on democracy,” Lukashevich commented. (statement)

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