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Landrieu Urges President to Prioritize Solution to Russian Adoption Ban During G8 Meeting with Putin

Sends bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by 154 Members of Congress

June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON—The co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to President Barack Obama urging him to discuss a solution this month with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the approximately 278 Russian orphans who have already met and bonded with their American families, yet were not able to have their adoptions completed due to the Russian adoption ban.

Sen. Landrieu's letter, signed by 154 Members of Congress, representing 44 states, urges the President to prioritize the issue during his meeting with Putin at the G8 Summit.

"Politics between the United States and Russia have become personal to several hundred Russian orphans and the families in the United States hoping to adopt them. These are children without parents, families or homes. Many are in need of urgent medical care; all are in need of a future filled with promise," the letter reads. "We ask you to raise this issue with President Putin directly in the hopes that two world leaders can step back for a moment and find a way out of the political morass for a few hundred wounded children."

In January, Sen. Landrieu sent letters to President Barack Obama and President Putin urging both leaders to work together to allow adoptions of Russian children already in process to be completed. She also organized a meeting between 10 senators and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to make a plea for the Russian government to reverse the ban which she believes is overly broad and has dire consequences for Russian children. As Sen. Landrieu has said, while some of our citizens will be directly affected by this law, it is not so much an injury to the U.S. as an injury to Russia's own children.

Read the complete letter to President Obama regarding his G8 meeting with Putin.

 

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