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MOSCOW, December 20 (Itar-Tass) — The possibilities for Russians to adopt children should be expanded, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated answering reporters’ questions at his traditional annual big press conference on Thursday.
He disagreed with the view of a reporter who called “excessive, inadequate and cannibal” the amendments for the second reading of the bill – that is Russia’s response to the Magnitsky Act, adopted by the State Duma lower house of parliament on Wednesday. The bill forbids US citizens to adopt Russian children and denounces the adoption agreement between Russia and the United States.
“I’ve defined the position,” Putin said, stressing that he “strongly disagrees” with the opinion of the journalist. According to the RF President, the State Duma has reacted “emotionally, but adequately.”
However, he reiterated that the bill is not against specific people adopting Russian children, but is adopted in response to the attitude of the US authorities to violations of children’s rights. “The reaction of the US authorities is well known,” said the RF president, recalling in particular, that Russian officials are denied access to families where children from Russia are brought up.
He also drew attention to the fact that “we do not prohibit in principle the adoption of children by foreigners; and in addition to the United States, there are other countries,” which actively adopt minor Russians left without parental care.
The RF head of state also stressed that he agreed with Wednesday’s statement by RF Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the need to develop in every possible way the system of adoption inside the country. “What (should be done) exactly? I will think about it yet. It is necessary to consult people, experts, to talk to those who have adopted children,” he said. “But what exactly needs to be done - and we have discussed it are with Mr Medvedev – is to expand the possibilities for taking children to families, adopting them, providing them with medical care,” said Putin.
He also admitted that the number of children abandoned by their adoptive parents is large in Russia. So, in his opinion, for people to understand if they can bring up such children, they should take them in the family. “If a family takes (a child) to get the benefits - this is unacceptable,” Putin emphasised.