He did not quite say “it is none of your business”, but President Dmitry Medvedev’s message was clear as EU leaders raised the thorny topic of Russia’s recent parliamentary elections which opponents claim were rigged.
Medvedev has been visiting Brussels for a summit between Russia and the European Union.
“We are concerned by irregularities and lack of fairness as reported by observers as well as parts of the Russian public. And we are concerned about the detention of protesters,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference, standing alongside Medvedev and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso.
The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging a re-run of the poll. But President Medvedev was clearly unimpressed.
“I have nothing to say because it was our election. The European Parliament has nothing to do with it. They can say whatever they want….. Those comments mean nothing to me,” he told reporters.
“As far as I know – I looked at the internet – different parties in Russia’s parliament, both main and opposition groups, yesterday expressed their rather strong disagreement with the European Parliament’s position. The European Parliament should concern itself with European matters. Look around at how many problems you have! My position is still the same,” he added.
Despite the differences of opinion, Medvedev pledged Russia’s help in tackling the eurozone debt crisis.