House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin's assertion that we're all equal.

Putin wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times warning against a U.S. strike on Syria. In his closing paragraph, he criticized President Barack Obama for making the case for American exceptionalism.

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” Putin wrote. “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Putin has in recent months signed two laws that restrict the rights of gay men and lesbians in Russia. The laws prohibit gay couples from adopting Russian-born children and the public promotion of gay rights where minors might be present, effectively banning Gay Pride marches and similar demonstrations. The laws have provoked calls to boycott the Winter Olympics scheduled to take place next year in Sochi.

“What I found interesting was the closing,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday. “He says when we pray to God he judges us all as – I don't know exactly what his words are – but he says that we are all God's children. I think that's great. I hope it applies to gays and lesbians in Russia as well.”