The World Cup hosted by Russian Federation could boost the number of young women falling pregnant, the top politician warned, adding: 'I hope they get something clear in their heads regarding foreigners.
"There will be girls who meet men, and then they will give birth".
Speaking with a Moscow radio station, Pletnyova said that the World Cup presented a danger in that it could lead to a rise in the number of single mothers.
She was responding to a question about the "kids of the Olympics" - referencing the claim that there was a spike in births of mixed-race children in Russian Federation after the 1980 Summer Olympics. It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse, ' the Siberian-born politician said.
"We should be giving birth to our own children".
She added: 'I am not a nationalist, but nonetheless, I know how children suffer later on. They are being dumped and this is it.
Degtyaryov appeared to be doing damage control after lawmaker Tamara Pletnyova warned Russian women Wednesday to think twice before entering into casual relationships with foreign tourists because they may end up rearing their children alone. "I would like people to get married based on love in our country, regardless of which ethnicity, [to] Russian citizens who would build a good family, live in harmony, have children, and raise them".
However, her comments drew both criticism and ridicule.
A man passes a poster featuring Zabivaka, the official mascot of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament, outside the 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 12, 2018.
While others have come forward to defend her right to free speech, with one person saying: "I believe that everyone can freely express their views, including MP Pletnyova".
Pletneva previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russian Federation. If a woman doesn't want it, no one is going to harass her, ' she told Gazeta.ru news site in February.