EU denounces Russia’s ‘disproportionate use of force’ against protesters

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s foreign policy chief expresses concern over Russia’s response to mass protests today, saying he deplores “widespread arrests” and the “disproportionate use of force.”

“Following unfolding events in #Russia with concern,” Josep Borrell writes on Twitter as tens of thousands protested in Russia in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“I deplore widespread detentions, disproportionate use of force, cutting down internet and phone connections. We will discuss on Monday next steps with EU Foreign Ministers.”

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