The U.S. State department has slightly addressed the comments made by Kadyrov.
On Tuesday, The Trump administration is mildly spoke out about the recent homophobic remarks made by the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.
The Russian leader went on HBO and spoke with reporter David Scott and when the journalist questioned him about gay people living in his republic, he laughed, “Why did he come here? What’s the point of these questions?”
The leader doubled, then tripled down on hate speech denying that homosexuals live where he rules.
“This is nonsense,” Kadyrov said. “We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.”
Kadyrov also said in the interview. “They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people. God damn them for what they are accusing us of. They will have to answer to the almighty for this.”
This past April Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the news that as many as 100 gay and bisexual men were being taken against their will and forced to live in make-shift concentration camps.
Those who escaped were taken to safe houses and one survivor participated in a video detailing what happened to him while being incarcerated.
State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert mildly spoke up about the HBO interview to the Associated Press, saying the statements are, “very concerning and also upsetting.”
She adds that concerns have been raised “to the highest” levels regarding the Russian leader’s statements.