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Kremlin says Russia-US adoption deal still in effect

Published on Jan 11, 2013 6:47 AM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday that a bilateral agreement with United States (US) regulating adoptions will remain in effect for another year despite a new Russian law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

The spokesman, Mr Dmitry Peskov, did not say whether that meant Americans could continue to adopt Russian children until the bilateral agreement, which took effect on Nov 1, expires next January.

But the announcement could offer a ray of hope to Americans who were in the process of adopting Russian children before Putin approved the ban in retaliation against US legislation intended to punish Russians accused of violating human rights.

The ban took effect on Jan 1, and Russia said it informed the US the same day of its intention to terminate the bilateral agreement, which had been sought by Russia as a way to keep tabs on the welfare of Russians adopted by Americans.

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