Russia: Putin supports countries passing laws on ‘insulting religious feelings’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be good if other UN member states also passed laws protecting the feelings of religious believers, speaking at a video conference meeting with religious leaders in Moscow on Wednesday. “We need to think about it. It is indeed a good initiative and I don’t understand how anyone would oppose banning actions that insult the feelings of religious believers,” Putin said, adding he would ask the Foreign Ministry to start working on the matter. Russia has had a law aimed at protecting believers' religious feelings since 2013. He also discussed the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that Russia hopes for a negotiated solution to the crisis. “They use guns against each other to reach the aims, which, according to our view, could be achieved as part of a peaceful negotiation process,” said the president.


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