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Sochi, Russia (CNN) - Russia's Vladimir Putin again sought to downplay fears that gay visitors will be discriminated against as he paid a visit to the Sochi area Friday, exactly three weeks before the Winter Olympics get under way.
Putin's remarks came as he met with volunteers for the games, the state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The President said Russia, unlike some other countries, does not criminalize homosexual relationships.