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International adoption: What does Russia want for lifting US adoption ban?

US officials are going to Moscow to discuss Russian demands to lift an international adoption ban on children going to the US. In the wake of the Artyem Savelyev case, Russians will likely demand more government oversight of American families.

In this image taken from Rossia 1 TV, 7-year-old adopted Russian boy Artyom Savelyev gets into a minivan outside a police department office in Moscow, April 8, after his American adoptive mother allegedly put him on a one-way flight back to his homeland.

Rossia 1 Television Channel/AP

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The suspension of adoptions to the US from Russia appears to have deepened into a freeze.

But a thaw is not expected until after a US delegation – whose arrival in Moscow has been delayed by the ash cloud from Iceland's volcanic eruption – sits down next week to negotiate a binding accord that could give Russian officials far-reaching powers of supervision over Russian children adopted into American families.

The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement about international adoption on its web site this week that appears to harden its earlier position, taken amid a storm of outrage over the case of Artyem Savelyev, who was sent back to Russia alone on an airplane by his adoptive American mother earlier this month.

"The recent egregious example of Artyem Savelyev has shown that adopted children from Russia are defenseless against abusive American parents," the foreign ministry statement says (in Russian). Future adoptions, it adds, "will only be permitted within the framework of a bilateral agreement with the US... " No other resolution will be possible, it concludes.

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