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Putin avoids stance on banning US adoptions of Russians

MOSCOW — At a much-anticipated news conference Thursday, President Vladimir Putin skirted the question of whether he would support a ban on adoptions of Russian children by US citizens, which was approved by Russian parliamentarians but requires his signature to become law.

Putin said he would have to read the text of the amendment before making a final decision and said that most US adoptive parents are ‘‘honest and decent people.’’

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