Birthday fun for boy rejected by his adoptive mother as U.S. and Russian authorities put on a united front

The little Russian boy rejected by his American adoptive mother found himself at the centre of a rare love-in from both U.S. and Kremlin officials to mark his eighth birthday today.  

Artem Saveliev remains in a Moscow hospital after his traumatic flight from Washington nine days ago.  

Unmarried nurse Torry Hansen, who adopted him from an orphanage in 2009, sent him alone back to Russia with a note saying: 'I no longer wish to parent this child'.

Artem Saveliev was sent back to Russia by his adoptive mother Torry Hansen (pictured). The boy celebrated his eighth birthday today

Artem Saveliev was sent back to Russia by his adoptive mother Torry Hansen (pictured). The boy celebrated his eighth birthday today

Her mother Nancy claimed he was psychotic and had severe behavioural problems.

She alleged he had threatened to kill the family, though Moscow medics deny he has mental problems.  

For the first time yesterday an American consular official was allowed a brief meeting with the child, who she found 'laughing and in good spirits' as she brought gifts.

'He smiles, loudly responding to gifts and happy birthday greetings,' said the Kremlin's children's tsar Pavel Astakhov, who brought him Lego, a cake and flowers.  

'The boy celebrated his birthday in his hospital room, and he has a cold, and a slight temperature. But despite this his condition is satisfactory and he is in a good mood,' he said.

After a bewildered looking Artem's shocking case was highlighted in the media officials, Russia announced a total ban on new adoption cases to the U.S.  

But the disruption in relations did not stop both sides putting on a united front to ensure Artem enjoyed his big day.  

And last night the American government backed the Kremlin's attempt to quickly find a Russian foster family for Artem with a view to adoption.  

Earlier there were signs of a 'tug of love' between the Cold War superpowers over the boy, as the U.S. claimed he was an American citizen and sought to gain custody of him from his Moscow hospital, a move barred by Russian guards.

But today a U.S. embassy spokesman conceded Artem - who they call Justin Hansen, his adopted name - had both Russian and U.S. citizenship.

'We have heard that several Russian families are prepared to adopt him. We would certainly agree with that,' he said.  

'Its preferable that a Russian child be adopted by a Russian family.  

'But if there are no Russian families willing to take the child, then there are many American families who can offer the child a loving and caring home.' 

Astakhov said Artem would be placed with a foster family next week with the aim of fast-tracking him into a loving new home.

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