In a Kremlin government meeting Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States “for behaving ‘with a defiant arrogance’ and said that he sees no reason not to sign the Russian law but needs some time to study it. His remarks were laced with sarcasm as he discussed foreign adoptions,” said the Los Angeles Times.
Putin was clearly sarcastic when he said publicly, “There are probably many places in the world where the level of life is higher than here,” he said in televised remarks. “So what? Shall we send all our children there? Maybe we should all move there too, shouldn’t we?” What really is fueling this contemptuous attitude towards the United States?
President Barack Obama signed an unrelated act called the Magnitsky Act on December 14th which calls for sanctions against Russian citizens deemed by the United States to have violated human rights. This started this firestorm as President Putin did not take that very well. He countered this signing of this act with his own bill to stop Americans from adopting Russian orphans. Again, what really is fueling this contemptuous attitude towards the United States?
If President Putin signs this law it would interfere with 1,500 adoptions already in the works and it also puts restrictions on specific United States officials, but the ban on adoptions is garnering the most attention. Why interfere with adoptions to American families as a response to sanctions against human rights violators in Russia? Could it be that Putin sees America as too strong of an influence in his country and interfering with the below human rights standards he wishes to overlook? Are these adopted children going back to their native land of Russia only to cause “problems” and upset their “norm”?
Whatever the reason, Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening to put politics before 740,000 Russian Orphans who age-out at 16-yrs-old. Yes you heard that right, at age 16 they are put out on the streets to fend for themselves, and now they have even fewer hopes of ever being adopted before they turn 16.
Russian children and American parents-to-be are both hurting right now as they hold their breath to see what President Putin will do. Is there anything that can be done to correct this and still stand up for human rights? If Putin doesn’t want the United States causing problems for how he wants to do business in his country, maybe not. The record shows that the United States has been for freedom and for the good of mankind since it’s conception as a Christian nation, and continues to honor the rules of what’s right and wrong to some degree in the face of blatant violations against humanity.
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