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The Russian ban of US adoptions will not take effect until 2014, CNN reports. The law was signed by Vladimir Putin in late December, and was originally set to start on Jan. 1. Officials have announced that the termination clause in the U.S.-Russian adoption agreement states that the agreement does not end until one year after termination.
A spokesperson from the US State Department said that while they are unsure if any new adoptions will be approved during the next year, they are hopeful that adoptions that had begun before the law was passed will be completed.
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