Russia, U.S. continue unofficial dialogue on adoption - Astakhov

The situation in the sphere of Russian-U.S. cooperation on adopted children will improve despite political contradictions, Russian presidential children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said.

The situation in the sphere of Russian-U.S. cooperation on adopted children will improve despite political contradictions, Russian presidential children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said.

"We are trying to resume the dialogue using diplomatic methods, through negotiations. I am optimistic, I think that the situation [with the dialogue on adoptions] will eventually improve," Astakhov told Interfax on Wednesday.

Astakhov said that Russia and the United States now continue an unofficial dialogue on adopted children.

"We are now working with very powerful, serious human rights organizations, and this dialogue helps resolve the problems we run into now that there is no dialogue between official structures," he said.

At the same time, Astakhov said the situation has now stabilized, although it is not developing.

"The biggest problem we now have is the Internet exchange of children, and this colossal problem has still not been resolved. The American authorities are currently not proposing any solutions," he said.

The latest negotiations on issues relating to the observance of the rights of Russian children in the U.S. took place in Washington in June 2013. the parties then agreed to create a unified database of all children adopted from Russia and their adoptive parents.

Astakhov earlier said his U.S. colleagues had refused to take part in the presidential commission in which working meetings on children were held with U.S. Department of Justice and special services officials.

The Russian Foreign Ministry later called the stance taken by the U.S. unsatisfactory and contradicting its international obligations.

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