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Russian adoptions to be discussed

MOSCOW (AP) -- The State Department says a U.S. delegation had already been planning a visit to Russia to discuss adoptions, even before a Tennessee woman sent a 7-year-old boy alone on a flight back to Moscow.

Russia threatened to suspend all such adoptions after the boy was sent back with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems. The case has caused outrage in Russia.

The U.S. ambassador says the delegation will discuss a possible agreement to ensure the well-being of Russian children adopted by families in the United States.

The ambassador says thousands of Russian children have been placed with American families, and that he hopes Russian children will still have that chance.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the delegation will be headed by a senior diplomat who deals with adoption issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

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MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy says that a delegation of high-level State Department officials will visit Moscow for consultations on adoptions after Russia threatened to freeze them for U.S. families.

U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle says in a statement released Monday that the delegation will discuss a possible agreement or bilateral understanding to ensure the well-being of Russian children adopted into the United States.

Russia threatened Friday to suspend all such adoptions after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a Tennessee woman was sent alone on a flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems.

The case has caused outrage in Russia.

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