Russia wants to suspend adoptions of its children by American citizens after a seven-year-old was sent back from the United States with a note disowning him.
Artyom Savelyev arrived alone at a Moscow airport with a letter from his adoptive US mother, saying she no longer wished to parent him. Officials say the note asked for the adoption to be annulled on the grounds that the child was mentally unstable and violent.
Russian authorities are outraged.
“The way he was treated was beyond immoral,” said Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have decided that the Foreign Ministry will insist on freezing all adoptions by US families until Russia and the US sign an agreement setting out adoption terms.”
Washington says it is “very troubled” by the case, the latest to raise concerns about adoptive American parents’ treatment of Russian children. But the US hopes it won’t preclude future adoptions.