Officials in Kaliningrad in western Russia have mocked a plan for NATO forces to take over this region.
The Istanbul Convention comes to destroy our traditional family. The purpose of the Istanbul Convention is not to prevent violence against women. It is a lie; it is aimed at protecting the LGBT community. They want to bring satanism, an abomination. All this is unacceptable. This is the final stage of the genocide. We’re not going to give up our country to the devils.
This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the morally corrupt West and threatened traditional values plus the West as a threat to and promoter of sodomy and satanism.
The Istanbul Convention (the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a treaty of the Council of Europe that opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.
The Armenian Ministry of Justice clarifies that the Convention does not threaten Armenia's traditional values. The Convention only states that traditions, cultures and religion cannot justify violence against women. In addition, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe provided an opinion, that "there are no provisions in that Convention that could be said to “contradict” the Constitution of Armenia".