Putin Dodges Questions About Russian Ban on US Adoptions

Says he hasn't studied it yet


Russian President Vladimir Putin dodged numerous questions Thursday about efforts of some Russian lawmakers to cut off U.S. adoptions of Russian children.

At his first major news conference since his return to the presidency in May, Putin seemed to sidestep the adoption issue, repeatedly telling reporters that he had yet to study the ban in depth.

"I do not know details. I have not seen the text. I need to take a look at it. I will do that today or tomorrow," he said at one point.