NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Congressman Steve Israel is calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the ban on Russian adoptions by American citizens.
Israel is proposing to cut U.S. aid to Russia if babies being adopted by American couples aren’t let out of the country.
“I will call for a review of every single penny of U.S. assistance to Russia,” Israel said. “Free these orphans and allow them to be adopted.”
The ban, which was signed into law on Dec. 28, is seen as retaliation for a new American law banning Russians accused of human rights violations from entering the U.S.