Russia: US adoptions freeze to last for weeks

April 19, 2010 4:51:56 AM PDT
Russia's children's rights ombudsman says adoptions to the U.S. will remain suspended until a new agreement is negotiated, and he expects this will take up to two months. Russia froze U.S. adoptions last week after a boy was put on a plane back to Russia by his adoptive American mother. The woman said she "no longer wishes to parent" Artyom Savelyev, who just turned 8.

A U.S. delegation had been expected to begin talks on a new adoption agreement in Moscow on Monday, but their flight from Washington was canceled due to volcanic ash. It was now not clear when the talks would start.

Pavel Astakhov told reporters Monday that he predicts an agreement will be signed within a couple of months. In the meantime, he says all adoptions will be frozen.