Response to Same-sex Marriage
Metropolitan Hilarion van Volokolamsk:
„At the recent meeting of Prime Minister and presidential candidate V. Putin with leaders of the traditional confessions in Russia, I expressed the wish that the Russian foreign policy had as one of its directions the systematic protection of Christians living in countries where they are persecuted today.
I told the prime minister that strong Russia is Russia that defends Christian minorities in these countries, demanding guarantees for the observance of their rights in exchange for political support or economic assistance.
Responding to this statement, Mr. Putin said, ‘Do not doubt that it will be as you said. No doubt whatsoever’.”
March 17, 2012