Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the US embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats.
During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the US embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride month in June.
“Who works in this building?” Putin asked the speaker, Senator Alexei Pushkov, to be told: “Americans.”
“Let them celebrate. They’ve shown a certain something about the people who work there,” he added with a smile.
Putin on Friday signed amendments to the constitution backed by a national vote that include a clause on marriage being between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing legalisation of gay unions.
The president said Friday however that Russia does not discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
He said a law banning promotion of homosexual relationships to minors, which he signed in 2013 to a storm of international condemnation aimed simply to prevent the “foisting” of such relationships on children.
The law has been used as a pretext to ban gay pride events.
“Let a person grow up, become an adult, and decide his own path himself. You just shouldn’t impose anything,” Putin insisted.