‘‘The deaths were terribly tragic, horrible,’’ Johnson said in an interview. ‘‘But the frustrating thing has been that those cases have become the face of inter-country adoption, and they shouldn’t be.’’
He said the Russian officials implying that American-adopted children would be mistreated ‘‘are not being fair or accurate, although I understand their indignation.’’
Associated Press writers Jim Heintz and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.
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