Perhaps she was anxious that the women would face a future of single parenthood, but then the lawmaker said that it would be fine if they slept with foreigners who were the same race.
Russians and foreign visitors should shed their inhibitions, fall in love and have babies during the soccer World Cup, a local lawmaker has announced, after his colleague warned that "nothing good will come out of it".
'Will there still be girls who will date foreigners and then have children from them Perhaps there will be some, but I am hoping not'.
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. These kids were referred to as the "Children of the Olympics", a term that had a negative connotation during the Soviet era.
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 have liked people in our country marry for love, regardless of nationality'. "I'm not a nationalist, but all the same".
Couples should 'both be citizens of Russian Federation who build a good family, live peacefully and in a friendly way and bring up children together, ' she went on.
"If it's another race, then it's even worse", she said, according to Radio Free Europe.
The comments prompted criticism on social media, with some saying that Pletnyova's views were racist and archaic.
Pletnyova previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russian Federation. Why should we copy everything? But I've told my family I don't want them going out there because of racism and anything else that might happen.
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.
Pletynova has been an MP since the first post-Soviet parliament in 1993.