2013-09-04 11:15:00

Putin is ready for meeting with sexual minorities (updated)

Moscow, September 4, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is ready to meet with representatives of the LGBT community, but they have not made any such offers yet.

"If some of them want to meet with me, I am ready, but there have not been any such initiatives yet," Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia's Channel One.

The law against the propaganda of homosexuality adopted in Russia will not reflect on the Olympics, the president said.

"It is perfectly obvious that we can be absolutely sure that Russia will strictly follow the Olympic principles, which prohibit any discrimination, based on ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation, during the Olympic Games and other mass sporting events," Putin said.