Manama/Moscow, December 6, Interfax - Russia does not accept attempts to push alien values, such as the rights of sexual minorities and gender diversity, upon it, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said.
"There have been attempts to push alien values upon us. Not just to push them upon us, but also to promote them around the globe. These are rights of sexual minorities and 85 genders recorded in Europe. We do not accept that. We believe it is unacceptable to push far-fetched standards and to promote the so-called 'values', which are invented by somebody and are totally unsuitable, on a country in disregard of its history, belief, religion and specific national features," Matviyenko said at a meeting with Fawzia Abdulla Yusuf Zainal, speaker of the Council of Deputies of the Bahrain National Assembly.
Russia has always relied on the national-centric attitude to such issues, and will continue to do so, Matviyenko said.
"Russia is committed to national values and traditional family, and children are a top priority of the state policy," Matviyenko said.
She reiterated the stance at a meeting with Bahrain Consultative Council Chairman Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh.
"We can see what's going on in certain countries. Things go absurd sometimes and quotas are set for a transgender, a representative of the LGBT community, whenever a government is formed. I mean a government is not based on professional qualities but on this kind of spirit," Matviyenko said.
"Or, say, a decision is made at the New York Exchange that boards of directors of listing companies must include a representative of the LGBT community. This is something pushed for on the government level or even an interference in private business. This kind of ideology is absolutely unacceptable for us," she said.