2013-02-06 16:50:00

Russia will adjust agreement on adoptions if France legalizes same-sex marriage Naryshkin

Paris, February 6, Interfax - Russia may adjust the Russian-French agreement on adoptions if France legalizes same-sex marriage, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who is now paying a working visit to France, told reporters.

"Te actions by the relevant government structures working on adoptions issues are now fully coordinated," Naryshkin said. "There are no significant complaints from us, and the French authorities do not have complaints about us," he said.

"For this reason, I would give very positive marks to Russian-French cooperation on this matter," Naryshkin said.

Responding to a question about the bill legalizing same-sex marriage and allowing same-sex couples to adopt children, which is now being discussed by the French parliament, Naryshkin said: "They are now beginning to discuss the issue as to whether a more large-scale agreement on family issues needs to be signed with France." "If this work begins, we will naturally need to take into account both the Russian and French legislations, including the possibility of adoption of this document by France," Naryshkin said.

Yelena Mizulina, the head of the State Duma committee on family, women, and children, told reporters: "We are not talking about any new agreement. We are talking about the submission f some amendments to the current legislation, which need to be ratified by both parties and which specify the current treaty with regard for the possible adoption of the said law by France."