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Russia, U.S. to Meet Dec. 8 to Complete Stricter Adoption Rules

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Russian and U.S. officials will meet next week in Washington to complete talks on more stringent adoption regulations with a view to signing a treaty in the “near future,” State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said.

“We expect the process will be concluded” on Dec. 8, though “the formal agreement will not be signed,” Crowley told reporters. Officials will be “reviewing the final text so there can be a signing in the near future.”

The last round of discussions on adding safeguards to the adoption process was triggered by the case in June of a 7-year-old boy who was sent back alone to Moscow by his adoptive American mother. President Dmitry Medvedev called it a “monstrous” act and said adoptions could be banned.

Adoptions from Russia accounted for more than 10 percent of the U.S. total of 12,753 children adopted from other countries in 2009, according to statistics supplied by the State Department.

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