MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti) – The existing bilateral adoption agreement between Russia and the United States will remain valid until early January 2014, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti.
It was not immediately clear whether Peskov’s statement means the adoptions of 46 Russian children by US families currently underway will be allowed to proceed, or whether any new adoptions not yet being processed will be allowed during 2013.
“The agreement is in force at the moment,” Peskov said, adding that it will remain in force over the whole year.
According to Peskov, the agreement will be annulled in early January of 2014. The adoption document states that “the agreement is valid over one year beginning from the date one party informs the other via diplomatic channels about its intention to withdraw from the present agreement.”