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EU chief raps Russia on human rights, media freedom

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 1 (Reuters) - European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Tuesday said Europe was seriously concerned about the difficulties faced by human rights activists and journalists in Russia.

“The situation for human rights defenders and journalists in Russia is of grave concern to the European public at large,” Rompuy said at a briefing following an EU-Russia summit in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. (Reporting by Conor Humphries, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Steve Gutterman)

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