UK to Russia: ‘We can’t ignore LGBT persecution in Chechnya’

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Jamie Wareham writes at Gay Star News:

In a clash with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, the UK’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK can’t ignore problems faced by LGBTI people in Chechnya.

In a press conference, Johnson also discussed the countries ‘difficult’ relationship with cyber attacks on the West and activity in Ukraine.

It’s the first visit by a British foreign minister to Russia in five years.

Underpinning how much the UK disagrees with much of Russian policy, he says ‘we speak up for the LGBT community in Chechyna and elsewhere as people would expect.’

But in an attempt at conciliation, Johnson also said people would expect the countries to work together where they did have common ground.

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