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Adoption talks with Russia still stalled

Russia has refused to take part in new adoption talks with Sweden, news agency TT reports, due to Sweden allowing gay marriage.

A top civil servant at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs told TT that Sweden has wanted to reach a deal with Russia over adoption rules since the autumn, but that Russian officials have not wanted to sit down and talk.

"The talks haven't gotten started, and that is not down to Sweden", Göran Holmström from the ministry says.

Russia stopped all adoptions to Sweden last year because this country allows both same-sex marriage and adoptions. Of the thirteen Russian children due to be adopted by Swedish parents last autumn, at least one has arrived in Sweden, several others have now been adopted within Russia instead.

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