In Russia, demonstrations were held in support of and against ending U.S. citizens' access to Russian children. Russians supporting the ban called those who opposed it "enemies of Russian sovereignty." Others were equally vocal in opposing the ban on U.S. adoptions. Reactions to the ban were also seen in diplomatic dealings between Moscow and Washington. In late January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in his annual news conference, said he supported the ban on U.S. adoptions. Shortly thereafter, Russia's child rights commissioner was quoted as saying, "It's a shame that Russia is giving away its children. America does not give away its children, does it?" A month later, when newly installed Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, one of the items he raised was lifting Russia's decision to ban U.S. adoptions.