Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, has denied that Russia has laws that discriminate against the gay community.

Churkin was confronted on Thursday by gay rights activists at his residence on New York's Upper East Side. Roughly 10 activists from the LGBT group All Out protested Russia's “gay propaganda” law, which was recently signed by President Vladimir Putin. The demonstrators stood outside holding placards which read “Tchaikovsky. Russian. Genius. Gay. Outlawed” and “340,457 worldwide say: Stop Russia's anti-gay crackdown.”

The latter is a reference to the number of people who signed an online petition calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to condemn the law ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi.

(Related: 320,000 call on Olympic Committee to condemn Russian anti-gay law.)

According to the AP, when the activists attempted to deliver a CD with the signatures, Churkin told them they should deliver their petition to Russia's U.N. Mission instead.

“We don't have anti-gay laws,” Churkin reportedly told Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of All Out. “We have laws banning homosexual propaganda among minors.”

Banks countered that Russia was arresting and killing people because of their sexual orientation, a claim Churkin denied, insisting that such actions would violate Russia's constitution.

“That's not true,” he said. “No gay people have been killed or harmed because they're gay.”

In addition to the “propaganda” law, which prohibits the positive portrayal of gay men and lesbians in a public setting where minors could be present, Putin also signed a law which prohibits gay couples from adopting Russian-born children.