WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) strongly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin's ban on the adoptions of Russian children by Americans families. To read the resolution, click here.

Putin's outrageous ban came explicitly in response to Congress's decision to hold Russian officials responsible for the illegal imprisonment and murder of Russian attorney Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. The human rights provision was included as part of the Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) bill last month, which Blunt strongly supported.

The resolution urges the Russian government to reconsider the law and prioritize the processing of Russian orphans already matched with adoptive American families. According to recent reports, there are currently 46 American families that have already traveled to Russia and met their children.

“In Russia, more than 700,000 children are orphans – many of whom are ill or have other special needs. Using these defenseless children as political pawns is outrageous, and frankly, this is not behavior that is worthy of the credit we just gave the Russians when we granted them Permanent Normal Trade Relations last month," said Blunt.

Last week, Blunt and 15 of his colleagues sent a letter to Putin urging him not to violate the agreement by signing the ban into law. In addition, Blunt recently spoke on the Senate floor against Putin's move. To watch his remarks, click here.

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