Posted: Nov 30, 2010 3:04 PM
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The State Department says U.S. and Russian officials will be meeting Wednesday to conclude a new, binding agreement covering adoptions between the two countries.
Russia demanded such an agreement after an incident in April when a Tennessee adoptive mother put her 7-year-old boy on a plane back to Russia - unaccompanied by an adult.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that this week's meeting was intended to review the final text of the agreement, with formal signing to come at a later date.
Details of the final accord have not been released, although a Russian official said previously that one provision would allow monitors to visit the homes of adopted children.
Nearly 1,600 Russian children were adopted by Americans in 2009.