Italy will be allowed to continue adopting Russian children as it “refused to recognise same-sex marriage”.

In June Russian President signed a law into effect which bans the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors.

Subsequently, he signed another bill banning US couples from adopting Russian children over America’s shifts towards same-sex marriage.

Last month Russian and Swedish authorities met to discuss the situation there, and came to no agreement over how to proceed, meaning no Swedish couples could adopt, at least temporarily.

Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said on Friday: “It turns out that Italy is currently the only country whose citizens are able to adopt Russian children because, first of all, this country refused to recognise same-sex marriage, which, for its part, does not require Russia to change the existing agreement, and, secondly, (the Italians) abide by the terms of this treaty. That is all.”

He continued: “Our priorities differ from yours. We generally prioritise the adoption of children inside the country”.