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Putin says French same-sex marriage law puts adoptions at risk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signaled on Friday that Moscow would seek changes in an agreement regulating adoptions of Russian children by French parents, saying a French law allowing same-sex marriage went against traditional Russian values.

Russia has already halted adoptions by Americans in a dispute with Washington over human rights. Any move to scrap the year-old agreement with France, or impose new restrictions, would deepen a divide between Putin and European nations over homosexuality and gay rights.

Putin, who has often championed socially conservative values since he began a third term last May, was greeted in the Netherlands this month by demonstrators protesting against Russian legislation that critics say would discriminate against gays.

At a meeting on children's issues, Putin expressed support for a regional lawmaker, Marina Orgeyeva, who proposed reviewing the adoption agreement with France because of its decision to allow same-sex marriage, Russian news agencies reported. The French parliament approved the new law on Tuesday.

"She is right. We need to react to what is going on around us," Interfax quoted Putin as saying. "We respect our partners, but we ask that they respect our cultural traditions and the ethical, legislative and moral norms of Russia."

"I think we have the right to make changes."


Putin made no recommendations about how the agreement might be altered, but a senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker, Yelena Mizulina, said among the options were withdrawing from the agreement or seeking to change it, state-run RIA reported.

The agreement with France is one of several Russia has reached with Western nations in an effort to clarify rules for the adoption of Russian children and enable Russia to better monitor their progress abroad to ensure they are treated well.

Russia withdrew from a similar agreement with the United States and banned adoptions of Russian children by Americans as of January 1 as part of its response to a U.S. law designed to punish Russia for alleged human rights abuses.

Putin, in power as president or prime minister since 2000, has spoken repeatedly in his new Kremlin term about the importance of what he has called traditional values and has drawn closer to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russia's parliament, in which the pro-Putin United Russia has a majority, has given preliminary approval to a ban on "homosexual propaganda" targeting minors, which critics say would effectively ban gay rights demonstrations.

The United States has said the legislation severely restricts freedom of expression and assembly.

The European Union and United States have also criticized Russia over what critics say is a clampdown on dissent in Putin's new term, but he has rejected their concerns.

In the Netherlands in early April, Putin said Russia did not discriminate against gays, but criticized same-sex couples for not helping reverse Russia's population decline.

by Putin needs to stfureply 904/26/2013

Putin's dictatorship, with its marked homophobic agenda, seems destined to endure for quite some time. I'm always stunned by how inert the Russians are.

by Putin needs to stfureply 104/26/2013

Putin doesn't give a shit about the 750,000 Russian kids in orphanages. He's holding them hostage for political power. Banned Americans from being able to adopt them and now he's threatening to ban the French. The people who suffer the most are the orphans.

by Putin needs to stfureply 204/26/2013

Putin is basically the Russian Mafia division of the former KGB. The fact the world still treats him with any respect, is questionable.

by Putin needs to stfureply 304/26/2013

I throw baby out with bathwater.

by Putin needs to stfureply 404/26/2013

This Russian asshole doesn't need to worry about what France is doing.

by Putin needs to stfureply 504/26/2013

Now you see why Russians get along so well with the Muslim Arabic countries. Russians are basically arabs that are blond, drink alcohol and fuck. In every other way, they are just as primitive.

by Putin needs to stfureply 604/26/2013

The Romanovs had more class.

by Putin needs to stfureply 704/26/2013

Russia has been in hysteria about their declining population for 20 years.

by Putin needs to stfureply 804/26/2013

Russians are giving the Chinese serious competition for the title of most corrupt humans on the planet.

by Putin needs to stfureply 904/26/2013
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