Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Tuesday defended a bill which seeks to ban “gay propaganda.”

In responding to criticism from the Dutch government and the European Union, Lavrov said that Russia does not “have a single international or common European commitment to allow propaganda of homosexuality,” the AP reported.

The measure last month cleared Russia's lower house of parliament, and is expected to become law by June. It is modeled after a law which took effect last year in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg's law criminalizes “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.” It also bans public events that promote gay rights, such as Gay Pride parades and gay rights demonstrations.

Lavrov spoke at a news conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

“Gay rights are human rights and Russia must adhere to its international obligations,” Timmermans had said in calling on the Russian parliament not to approve the legislation.

On Tuesday, Timmermans said he and Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, believe that the measure “could infringe on fundamental rights.”

Twenty years after gay sex was decriminalized in the country, anti-gay rhetoric remains high in Russia.

Gays “can go about their business absolutely freely and unpunished,” Lavrov insisted. He warned against “another kind of discrimination when one group of citizens gets the right to aggressively promote their own values that run against those shared by the majority of the society and impose them on children.”