Israel bans LGBT people from adopting kids from Russia

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RADSTOCK, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 06: A young boy plays with toys at a playgroup for pre-school aged children in Chilcompton near Radstock on January 6, 2015 in Somerset, England. Along with the health and the economy, education and childcare are to be key issues in the forthcoming election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Israel and Russia have signed a deal banning LGBT+ people from adopting Russian children, Russia insisted on this decision for a decade. Ze’ev Elkin, Jerusalem affairs minister, met with a senior Russian delegation Wednesday ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled visit to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. Israel and Russia finalized two agreements at the meeting, one on same-sex adoption and the other regarding cooperation between the foreign ministers of Israel and Russia. The adoption agreement is in accordance with Russian law and prevents LGBT+ couples from adopting Russian children, and it caused criticism from multiple Israeli lawmakers. Minister Elkin also discussed economic cooperation and trade, which recently passed $5 billion per year between the two countries, so trade agreement between the two countries can be considered possible in the nearest future.

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