(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has proposed suspending the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens following a series of incidents involving child abuse, according to a statement released Saturday.
“Regarding the incessant series of crimes in the United States against adopted Russian children, Russian Foreign Ministry rules that the adoption procedures for the U.S. citizens should be suspended until the Russian-U.S. adoption deal, signed on July 13, 2011, comes into force,” the ministry said.
Authorities allege 17 Russian children adopted by U.S. families have died as a result of child abuse.
As part of the adoption deal, Russian officials want several provisions addressed as it relates to the safety of the children. Among them, officials want authority to be able to check in on adopted children in addition to a streamlined process that includes only accredited adoption agencies.
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