PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s senior senator has met with the Russian ambassador to the United States to urge a reversal of a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children.
Sen. Jack Reed met Wednesday with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and urged Russia to reverse the law. He also asked the Russian government to allow the completion of all pending adoptions. The Democrat says he doesn’t want ‘‘innocent children used as pawns in political disagreements.’’
Russia banned adoptions by Americans after Congress passed a law introducing sanctions against Russian officials involved in human rights abuses.
Since the ban was passed Reed’s office has been working with several Rhode Island families trying to adopt. The law doesn’t take effect until next year, but Reed says he doesn’t want such families left in limbo.