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Kremlin says U.S. adoption
deal still in place

Reuters, by Steve Gutterman

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Posted By:garnet, 1/11/2013 8:36:35 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Kremlin official said on Thursday a bilateral agreement with Washington on adoptions was still in place, creating uncertainty over the immediate impact of Russia´s new ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the ban from January 1 as part of a law passed to retaliate against U.S. legislation intended to punish Russian human rights abusers. Moscow had told Washington it was also terminating a bilateral agreement regulating adoptions - but Putin´s spokesman on Thursday said a technicality meant that agreement would have to remain in force until the beginning of 2014.

      


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