Putin offers Finland to form bilateral council for inter-country adoptions

SOCHI, August 9 (Itar-Tass) —— Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has offered Finland to form a bilateral council for inter-country adoptions.

Russia has formed a similar council with France, he said. “France and us are discussing the possibility of an adoptions agreement,” Putin said.

An adoptions agreement was recently signed with the United States, he said.

A journalist asked Putin what should be done for civilized settlement of problems occurring in the relations between parents – citizens of different countries. “Adults must solve such problems. They should think about the interest of their children instead of their personal ambitions. It is necessary to show respect for laws of the host country. It is also necessary to develop international agreements to the effect,” he said.

The Finnish premier, who also took part in the press conference, said the problem concerned not only Finnish-Russian couples. Similar conflicts happen in Finnish families; this is a purely humanitarian issue, he said.

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