December 30th, 2012


"QUESTION: Those of us who are left behind, so to speak. Just on this Russian adoption bill, I mean, frequently in the Russian press and elsewhere it’s described as a retaliatory measure for the Magnitsky bill. I’m wondering --


QUESTION: -- if you guys see it that way. Do you think that there’s any kind of rational parallel there? And can you tell us, have you made any sort of official representations to the Russians either through Ambassador McFaul or here in Washington about your concerns on this bill?

MR. VENTRELL: Thanks for the question, Andy. Last time I was up here a few days ago, that same question arose, and then I rejected any attempt at sort of reciprocity here. It’s hard for us to imagine a reciprocal situation. And what’s particularly concerning here is, in this present legislation, what the Russians are doing is effectively preventing – what this would do is prevent children from growing up in a family environment of happiness, love, and understanding. And so that’s the basic premise of our Bilateral Adoption Agreement. It’s something we’ve worked for many months with the Russians on. And so, really, it’s Russian children who would be harmed by this measure."

Patrick Ventrell
Acting Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
December 21, 2012