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Lavrov says no persecutions of LGBT people for their orientation in Russia

June 20, 22:32 UTC+3

"We don't any persecutions for one or another orientation in one or another area, including the orientations in the sphere of LGBT life," Russian Foreign Minister said

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MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Members of the LGBT community in Russia are not subjected to any persecutions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday upon the end of talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"As for a specific ruling of a court on of some jurisdiction regarding our law on LGBT, I don’t remember ever reading or hearing about any such resolution," Lavrov said when a reporter asked him for a comment on a resolution by the European Court for Human Rights on the Russian law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among the underage population.

"Many people have been complaining," Lavrov said. "I’d like to make a reminder of the fact we don’t persecute people for one or another orientation in one or another area, including in the sphere of the LGBT."

"The only thing we don’t want and therefore ban by our law is the imposition of sexual orientations on underage citizens of Russia. Nothing more."

"And since we’ve touched upon the issue, you’re obviously concerned about it and this concern should certainly embrace all countries, and that’s why you can obviously compare," Lavrov said.

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