2017-05-30 10:48:00

We agree with Putin to jointly monitor situation surrounding gays in Chechnya - Macron

Versalles, May 30, Interfax - French President Emmanuel Macron said that he has agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to monitor the situation surrounding gays in the Chechen Republic.

"We talked about the LGBT community in Chechnya, as well as non-governmental organizations in Russia. I have made it very clear to President Putin as to what France expects on this issue, and we agreed to regularly monitor the situation together," Macron said at a press conference following his negotiations with Putin.

The Russian president told him that he "has repeatedly taken measures concerning the LGBT community in Chechnya to find the whole truth about what's happening, work with the local government and settle this delicate situation," he said.

"It is in line with our values," Macron said.

He said that he reminded Putin that some matters related to the civil society are important for France.

"I recalled how important the observance of the rights of all minorities, all people, and the entire civil society is for France," the French president said.