2013-06-26 10:04:00

Putin: sexual minorities are not discriminated against in Russia in any way

Turku, June 26, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin has asked representatives of foreign countries not to interfere in the way Russia deals with the issue of propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

"It is not a question of introducing some sanctions against gays, it is a question of protecting children from relevant information," Putin said at a press conference following his talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Some countries, Finland, for instance, don't think children should be protected from such information, he added.

"Don't protect them. We don't intend to interfere in your affairs. But we will protect because State Duma deputies have decided so. And we ask you not to interfere in our regulations," Putin said.

He stressed that the rights of sexual minorities in Russia are not restricted in any way.

"They are full-fledged members of our society and are not discriminated in any sphere," Putin said.