Putin mocks the rainbow flag outside the US Embassy in Moscow and suggests that it reflects the diplomats’ sexual orientation
- Putin mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hanging at the US Embassy in Moscow
- He suggested that the flag suggested the sexual orientation of the staff
- “Let them celebrate. They showed something of the people who work there, “he said
Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hanging at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Friday, suggesting that it reflected the diplomats’ orientation.
During a video conference on television, a legislator told Putin that the U.S. Embassy had hung a rainbow flag on the facade for the first time to celebrate Pride Month in June.
“Who works in this building?” Putin asked the speaker, Senator Alexei Pushkov, to hear “Americans.”
“Let them celebrate. They showed something about the people who work there, ”he added with a smile.
Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hanging at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Friday, suggesting that it reflected the diplomats’ orientation. Above the US national flag and an LGBT pride flag on the facade of the US Embassy in Moscow
During a video conference on television, a legislator told Putin that the U.S. Embassy first hung a rainbow flag on the facade to celebrate June’s Pride Month
Putin signed changes to the constitution on Friday, supported by a national vote, including a clause on marriage between a man and a woman, which aims to prevent the legalization of gay unions.
However, the president said on Friday that Russia does not discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
He said that a law banning the promotion of homosexual relationships to minors, which he signed in 2013 into a storm of international conviction, is only intended to prevent such relationships from being “shaken up” on children.
The law has been used as a pretext to ban gay pride events.
“Let someone grow up, grow up and determine their own way. You just can’t impose anything, ”Putin insisted.
He said that “those who attack us on this base are just trying to break open an open door.”
A conservative politician leading the Union of Women of Russia warned Putin that billboards were using rainbow images to sell ice.
“It is indirect, yet it forces our children to get used to the colors, the flag that everyone hangs, even at that embassy,” said Yekaterina Lakhova.
US Ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, said in a video on Twitter on June 25 that “our embassy in solidarity displays the rainbow flag” and wishes the Russians “happy pride.”
US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan in a video on Twitter on June 25 said, “Our embassy shows the rainbow flag in solidarity” and wishes the Russians a “happy pride”
On June 27, he and ambassadors from four other countries, including Britain, released a statement urging the Russian government to honor its obligations to protect the rights of LGBT people.
The British Embassy in Moscow also flew with a rainbow flag.
The flag on the U.S. Embassy, an imposing building on a main road, became a target for homophobic protests.
Members of Sorok Sorokov, a conservative Orthodox Christian group, watched as they trampled a rainbow flag on the sidewalk in front of the building.
A spokesman for the Orthodox Church struck the flag for disrespecting the values of the Russians.
However, many snapped selfies for the flag to indicate their support for gay rights.
“The pride flag at the US Embassy has become a milestone,” entertainment website Afisha.ru wrote.
Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993.