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Do not confuse sports, politics, human rights - Putin

February 07, 2014, 19:13 UTC+3 SOCHI
At a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday, Putin said he did not see any difficulties in relations between the two countries
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Mark Rutte and Vladimir Putin

Mark Rutte and Vladimir Putin

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SOCHI, February 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin called for not confusing the problems of sports, politics and human rights.

At a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday, Putin said he did not see any difficulties in relations between the two countries.

“Of course, there are any problems, which arouse disputes, particularly in the fields of infrastructure, transport and economy. I know that you attach much attention to humanitarian issues and human rights,” the Russian president said, adding, “We’re always opened for discussions.”

The Dutch premier thanked Putin and said relations between the two countries were at a good level. “Relations are so good that we’re able to discuss difficult issues in bilateral contacts,” Rutte said.

It is very important that we could freely discuss economic and geopolitical issues, and sexual minorities’ problems last year, the Dutch premier said.

Putin said he watched a story about a gay club in Sochi where one of the clients called for leaving sexual minorities alone. “Sports are sports. The Olympic Games are the Olympic Games. Let’s concentrate on the Games. The less aggression will be from both parties the better,” the president said, adding “I share his view.”

The Russian president wished the Dutch team the success at the Olympic Games. “The Dutch were always very strong in all sports, especially in skates. I believe that we’ll be able to enjoy their performances. I wish them the success,” he added.

Rutte also wished every success to Russian athletes. “I wish them the success. And not too much success in sports we compete,” the Dutch premier said with a smile.

 

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