Openly gay Israeli politician Nitzan Horowitz has asked President Shimon Peres to refrain from receiving a Russian delegation of journalists headed by Dmitri Kiselyov.

Kiselyov (also spelled Kiselev) attracted international condemnation when he said that Russia's law outlawing “gay propaganda” to minors doesn't go far enough.

“I think that just imposing fines for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough,” Kiselyov told viewers in 2012. “They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of an automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life.”

In later comments, Kiselyov said he supports the government's “gay propaganda” law because “according to [Sigmund] Freud any child is bisexual.”

President Vladimir Putin recently appointed Kiselyov to head the state news agency Rossia Segodnya (Russia Today).

According to The Jerusalem Post, Peres has refused to cancel the Wednesday meeting. A Peres spokesperson said he would instead speak about democracy.

Horowitz is vying to become Tel Aviv's first openly gay mayor.