Sunday 19 February 2017

Russia halts US adoptions

Published 16/04/2010 | 05:00

Russia has suspended adoption of children by Americans after a US nurse returned a seven-year-old boy to Moscow on his own saying she could no longer care for him.

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The Kremlin said the incident last week was "the final straw" and yesterday the Russian foreign ministry confirmed it was halting all US adoptions until a special treaty could be signed with the US government.

The US government says it is willing to negotiate such a treaty, a move it has resisted in the past, but it is unclear how long that process will take and in the meantime hundreds of US adoption applications will be frozen.

A US state department delegation is due in Moscow next week to start talks on the issue. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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