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Putin: Gays welcome in Sochi, must ‘leave the children in peace’

AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games “can feel calm and at ease,” but said they must “leave the children in peace.”

Putin vowed there would be no discrimination at the games. He emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.

Putin op-ed calls for caution regarding Syria

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.

Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ‘doesn’t see any reasons’ against a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children and that he ‘intends to sign it’ into law.

The Russian parliament voted for the bill, which is part of a larger measure retaliating against a US law calling for sanctions against Russians deemed guilty of human rights violations.

Russia’s Putin takes flight to lead endangered birds

Russian President Vladimir Putin took his love of wildlife to new heights Wednesday by flying with endangered cranes to help lead them on a migration route. Putin donned a baggy white costume and was seen in media reports flying with a copilot in a motorized deltaplane light aircraft, according to NBC News and Reuters.

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, flies in a motorized hangglider alongside two Siberian white cranes on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia. (AP)