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In recent weeks, Western media have been growingly denouncing the "deteriorating situation of Lesbian Gay Bi and Transgender (LGBT)" people in Russia and that way conveyed some calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. In comparison to the broad media attention the LGBTs' calls have benefited from, it seems these calls have earned little support on the diplomatic scene in comparison.
"Why is not more of the world outraged at ("anti-gay laws" in Russia)?" Jay Leno, the host of NBC's Tonight Show, asked US President Barack Obama on August 7. Mr. Obama answered he has "no patience for countries that try to treat (LGBTs) in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them," and he implied that there could be consequences in case "Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit" by eventually treating LGBTs "differently". However, Mr. Obama added, his Russian counterpart Vladimir "Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work."
White House spokesman Jay Carney was unaware of the boycotts calls and had no "specific response from (President Obama)" on that particular issue on July 12. US Department of State's spokesperson Jen Psaki had no related conversation of Secretary John Kerry with Russian counterparts to read out on July 26 and her deputy, Marie Harf, didn't have "anything further on that" on August 1. Most recently, Germany and France also voiced their concern. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said however that he "regarded the discussion on an Olympic boycott as misguided."
So far, according to DiploNews, not more than a dozen diplomatic statements have dealt with the issue, and all of them either ignored or rejected any idea of Olympic boycott. Large media coverage doesn't necessarily act upon world diplomacy.
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