Russia loses opportunity to monitor children adopted by U.S. citizens - McFaul

Russia is now unable to monitor the lives of children adopted by U.S. families, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted on Tuesday.

Russia could do that under the earlier agreement, but it repealed the agreement and lost the opportunity, he said.

The U.S. diplomat responded to a question whether Russia would be unable to monitor the lives of orphans adopted by U.S. citizens.

The validity of the Russian-U.S. adoptions agreement expired on January 1, 2013, as Russia seceded from the accord in retaliation against the U.S. Magnitsky Act.

Meanwhile, Moscow said earlier that it would be watching violations of rights of Russian citizens in the United States, among them crimes against Russian children adopted by U.S. citizens.

"We will continue close monitoring of violations of rights and interests of our citizens in the United States, among them crimes committed against the smallest citizens of Russia adopted by U.S. families, firmly demand appropriate punishment of the culprits and call attention to flagrant violations of human rights in the United States and Washington's non-participation in numerous human rights conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Interfax on Dec. 27.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Jan. 11 that the ministry would keep an eye on the provision of rights and wellbeing of Russian children adopted by U.S. families and use every available legal mechanism, including the bilateral consular convention of 1964.

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