Russia and the United States have agreed principles to make adoptions between the two countries safer.
Under the accord, adoption agencies will have to be approved by Moscow, while the authorities will be required to provide more information about the children’s backgrounds.
Russia has been complaining for years about children being abused in the US.
Last year, there was outrage after a seven-year-old adopted boy was sent back from the US alone on a flight.
His adoptive American mother had left a note with him saying he had been violent and that she could not look after him.
Russia threatened to suspend adoptions after the incident.