Top Russian diplomat seeks broader U.S. cooperation with Moscow in child adoptions

Russia is hopeful that the U.S. administration and the Department of State will bolster their cooperation with the Russian authorities in child adoptions in order to stop this problem from casting a shadow on bilateral relations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

"I do not think that situations, where problems with previously adopted Russian children would leave such a trail in our relations and cast a shadow on their development prospects, would meet the interests of our American partners," he told journalists on Thursday.

Public attention to the situation surrounding Russian children adopted by Americans is extremely high, and "we have no right to hide information about tragic accidents from the public, especially when a new tragic accident happens," Ryabkov said.

"We hope that the U.S. administration and the Department of State will cooperate with us on these matters on a broader scale than before, will not refer to the states' exclusive prerogative, but will help us in our contacts with courts, should such a need arise," the high-ranking diplomat said.

Russia will continue working both with the federal authorities and state authorities in the United States "in order to gain access both to this information and young Russians who have found themselves in a dire situation, but are alive, unlike this child whose life ended so tragically," he said.

The entire team, including the Russian Foreign Ministry, the commissioner for children's rights, the government's executive office and other Russian agencies, should continue working despite the formal termination of the Russian-U.S. adoption agreement on January 1, 2013, Ryabkov said.

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