In the light of the debate on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made the following comments today (11 August) during his trip to the Middle East:
The treatment of homosexuals in Russia is unacceptable. The Russian state must ensure their protection. I regard the discussion on an Olympic boycott as misguided. It is doing more harm than good to the legitimate right of this minority to be protected.