Russia has right to demand accounts on adopted Russian children from U.S. - Lavrov
International adoptions are practiced in Russia for clear reasons and things should be set straight in this sphere, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, an opponent of the denunciation of the U.S. adoptions agreement, said on Rossiya television on Sunday.
"As a citizen, as a minister, I want all of us to understand what is happening in our own home first of all. International adoptions would not have been practiced if life were easy in this country," he said in an interview with the "Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov" television program.
"I did not oppose the Dima Yakovlev law. I wanted the agreement on cooperation in international child adoptions which we signed with the U.S. after two years of dramatic talks, to continue," he said.
"The U.S. is the only country from where shocking reports are arriving about how our children are being treated in many families. I said 'many' on purpose. Some cite 60,000 adoptions and only 19 child deaths. But, first, every life, especially the life of a child, is a treasure. And then the 19 are the ones who died," the Russian foreign minister said.
Lavrov did not back the host's joke that Americans are "limbs of the devil."
"They are not. I can's pass such emotional judgments. But I can cite figures. Family violence is a serious problem in the United States, whether or not the children are adopted, and whether they have been adopted from Russia or from some other country," he said.
"It is not surprising that some countries that maintain relations with the U.S. in this area, get confronted with problems," he went on to say.
Lavrov said that the adopted Russian children would instantly get new American names, which complicated the monitoring. The adopted children formally remained Russian citizens, although Americans would only recognize their American nationality, he said.
"We changed the practice thanks to the agreement I have spoken about," Lavrov said.
The idea of signing the agreement was that the federal government will be obliged to assume responsibility for guaranteeing access to the children adopted in different states, and get the agreement implemented in the states. This procedure is sealed in the agreement, he said.
"The agreement would give us the moral and legal right to demand information from the U.S. government," he added.
"A law base must remain in place for us to have the right to raise these questions," he said. "We still have such a base - the Consular Convention, that was signed in the 20th century but remains in effect," Lavrov said.