It looks like Moscow and Washington may soon sign an agreement guaranteeing the rights of Russian children in international adoptions with the United States. The issue has been in dispute since April, when a registered nurse from Shelbyville, Tenn., who had adopted a 7-year-old boy from a Russian orphanage, sent him back to Moscow on an airplane, by himself, carrying a handwritten note describing him as “violent,” with “severe psychopathic issues.”
As a result of that incident, which touched off an international outcry, Moscow had threatened to prohibit any U.S. adoptions from Russian children (which is the third most common source of international U.S. adoptions, behind China and Ethiopia) until an agreement guaranteeing the children’s rights had been signed.
But now, UPI reports, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, has indicated that an agreement between the United States and Russia “intended to provide solid guarantees of adopted children’s rights” could be signed by the end of this year, though the U.S. State Department has yet to say whether an agreement had been reached.
The news of progress must come as quite a relief for the more than 3,000 Americans waiting to welcome children from Russia into their families.
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