2012-03-21 11:21:00

Russia criticized over gay issue beyond universal values - Lavrov

Moscow, March 21, Interfax - Homosexualism is unlikely to be accepted in Russia, said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"Attempts to load universal approaches with one's own additional views of the human rights, as is the case, let's say, with sexual minorities, which periodically causes such a nervous reaction from the European Union to our attempts to protect our society from the propaganda of homosexuality - I believe, these attempts go beyond the universally accepted values," Lavrov said in an interview with the Kommersant FM radio station.

"Given that the overwhelming majority of our country's population profess the Orthodox Christian faith, or at least follow the Orthodox Christian traditions, such makeweights added to the universal values will barely produce any shoots," the minister said.

"After all, other civilizations, non-European ones, too have their own values which are unlikely to take root on the European soil," the Russian foreign minister added.