When asked to comment on Apple CEO Tim Cook's coming out, a Russian lawmaker known for his opposition to gay rights stated that Cook should steer clear of Russia.

After several years leading Apple, Cook announced this week what many people already suspected, that he's gay. The acknowledgment makes Cook the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

(Related: Bill Clinton, Suze Orman, Mark Zuckerberg praise Tim Cook's coming out.)

St. Petersburg city council member Vitaly Milonov told the FlashNord website that Cook should be banned for life from entering Russia.

“What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,” Milonov said. “Ban him for life.”

Russia's law prohibiting the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors was based on a local ordinance championed by Milonov. Milonov's anti-gay rhetoric includes comparing gay people to monkeys, saying that most gay people are “lying about their problems,” and insisting that gay parenting destroys children psychologically.