2013-04-09 10:03:00

Putin: I can hardly image gay marriages in Chechnya

Amsterdam, April 9, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has called to take into account peculiarities of Russian society when discussing rights of homosexuals, as it may lead to violence in some regions.

"I can hardly image that a court in Moscow allows the functioning of an organization that is involved in pedophilia propaganda," Putin told a news conference in the wake of negotiations with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Amsterdam on Monday.

"Imagine that an organization that is involved in pedophilia propaganda emerges in Russia. I think that people in some region will take up arms. We can do it," he said.

The same applies to sexual minorities, he said. "I can hardly imagine that this, homosexual marriages, are allowed in Chechnya. How can you imagine this? You know this will lead to victims," Putin said.

He also said that it is hard to image a party in the Russian parliament that speaks against women's involvement in politics, while there is such a party in the Netherlands. "We should understand what society we live in, and by understanding this, build our relations," he said.