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Putin says not all Western standards are acceptable in Russia

April 25, 2013, 16:36 UTC+3

“We have a different society,” he stressed

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MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Some of Western ideas, including those concerning sexual minorities, are unacceptable for Russian society, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during his televised question-and-answer session.

He recalled that the topic of the rights of sexual minorities had been brought to the fore during his recent visit to Germany and the Netherlands. “You know, they have their own standards,” Putin stressed.

“If a Dutch court allowed the activity of an organization popularizing pedophilia, why should we adopt such standards? If they want to reproduce themselves though immigration, let them do so. We are not meddling with their affairs,” the Russian president said.

“We have a different society,” he stressed. “Go on, try to allow anything of this kind - we have such a diverse country! The North Caucasus, the Far East, northern and central Russia,” he went on. He expressed bewilderment that Western partners are imposing their standards in Russia. “Maybe, we should urge to introduce our standards,” he noted.

“Let us not demand anything from each other, let us be respectful towards each other,” he stressed. All the same, he noted, such differences do not mean “that we should not try to find ways to become closer, ways to understand each other better.”


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