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Deputy Foreign Minister says Russia disagree with G8 stance on gay rights

Russian ministers contradict G8 line on LGBT rights
Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister

Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Friday that his country disagrees with the other G8 countries about protecting LGBT rights and his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov expressed this view at a G8 meeting in Washington last week.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia ‘cannot agree with the attempts to artificially isolate this category of people as an independent group, allegedly claiming for special defense of their rights and interests in the international regime of human rights,’ reports The Moscow Times.

Ryuabkov also suggested that an anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law passed recently in St Petersburg and active in other regions of Russia, could become national.

‘We consider it inappropriate when, in the name of defending members of so-called sexual minorities, in practice they undertake aggressive propaganda and impose a certain mode of behavior that may offend a significant subsection of society,’ said Ryuabkov.

The foreign ministers from the G8 countries - the US, the UK, France, Russia, Canada, Japan, Germany and Italy - were in Washington mostly to discuss international diplomacy issues including the civil war in Syria, North Korea's missile launch, Iran's nuclear program and lifting sanctions on Burma.

Despite Ryuabkov’s comments, a report from the meeting reiterated the G8’s support for gay rights and did not mention Russia‘s disagreement.

‘Ministers reaffirmed that human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all individuals, male and female, including lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. These individuals often face death, violence, harassment and discrimination because of their sexual orientation in many countries around the world,’ the report said.

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