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Putin vows to sign anti-US adoption bill

Published on Dec 27, 2012 11:45 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend a session of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he saw no reason not to sign a bill into law that would ban Americans adopting Russian children and promised measures to improve care of his country's orphaned youngsters. --PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW, (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin vowed on Thursday to sign a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children that has added new strains to the uneasy relations between the former Cold War foes.

An aide separately raised the spectre of the Kremlin eliminating all foreign adoptions as part of a patriotic drive to limit Russia's dependence on others.

The highly contentious bill is widely regarded as the toughest piece of anti-US legislation to reach Putin's desk during his 13-year rule - a period that saw Moscow engage in repeated squabbles with the West over foreign policy and human rights.

"I do not yet see any reason why I should not sign it," Putin told a meeting of top officials a day after the draft was unanimously approved by the upper house of parliament.

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