The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation sent a diplomatic note of protest to the US Embassy in Moscow and expressed its discontent with activities of the US consulate in Vladivostok, diplomatic sources in Moscow reported to RosBusinessConsulting today. The reason for sending the note was the participation of the US Consul General and the US Consul for political and economic affairs in a demonstration near the department of the Federal Security Service in the Primorye region and the court of the Pacific Fleet and the Military Prosecutor's Office. The demonstration was arranged by the public committee in the support of military journalist Grigory Pasko on January 10. The Foreign Ministry of Russia declared the participation of the US officials in this event "a serous violation of international rules, which may cause relative measures in response from Russia."
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.