President Barack Obama on Wednesday criticized Russia's record on gay rights.

The president made his remarks during an address on Wednesday at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

“We believe in human dignity – that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from,” Obama said in calling for a united stand against Russia over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Obama took aim at a Russian law that prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

“Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights,” he said. “Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That's what will make America strong. That's what will make Europe strong. That's what makes us who we are.”