Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has held the first major news conference of his third presidential term.
During the live, televised event, Putin said he would consider a ban on Americans being able to adopt Russian children, after Russian authorities were prevented from observing cases in the US where abuse against such children was alleged.
Referring to the new US law which denies entry to Russians suspected of human rights violations, Putin said: “The fact is, America has replaced one anti-Soviet, anti-Russian law – the Jackson-Vanick Amendment – with another, the Magnitsky Act.
“The US can’t live without something like this. They try so hard to stay in the past. This is very bad.
This, surely, poisons our relations.
“In regard to adoption of our children by foreigners – as far as I know, the vast majority of Russians see the very fact of adoption of our children by foreigners as a negative thing,” Putin added.
The President went on to address the rumours that he may be suffering health problems.
“They (the rumours) profit my opponents, who want to cast a doubt over my legitimacy and capacity to act. As we Russians say when asked about our health – there’s no point in waiting for me to die!”
Putin wibe in Brussels in preparation for Friday’s Russia-EU summit against a backdrop of criticism for endemic corruption and politically-motivated persecution, arrests and detentions.