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Russian Foreign Ministry Official Criticizes U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu
A Russian Foreign Ministry official has criticized a U.S. senator for comments she made recently disparaging Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry's human rights commissioner, said on September 23 that the U.S. State Department should issue a statement rejecting comments made by Senator Mary Landrieu (Democrat-Louisiana) in an interview last week with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

In criticizing Astakhov's support for a ban on adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens, Landrieu said: "He's an ass. You can write that: He's an ass."

Astakhov refused to meet with Landrieu and other U.S. lawmakers during a trip to Washington in June.

Dolgov described Landrieu's statement as "hooliganism."

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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