Toby Vogel, European Voice
Russia should address “shortcomings” in presidential election, European Commission says.
Breaking with established practice, the leadership of the European Union has not yet congratulated Vladimir Putin on his election yesterday as Russia's new president.
As of 1.30pm on Monday, no messages of congratulations had been issued by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, or the foreign-affairs chief Catherine Ashton.
The unusual restraint prompted reporters' questions during the Commission's daily midday briefing.
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