The Federation Council has authorized Russia to use armed forces outside the Russian Federation.
This is stated in the statement of the Russian service of the BBC, reports the Ukrainian press agency.
“The Federation Council unanimously supported President Vladimir Putin’s call and allowed the use of Russian armed forces abroad. This is due to the recognition of the DPR and the LPR, announced the day before by the Russian President. After that, Putin announced that Russia would provide military assistance to the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass. The fact that the Federation Council received Putin’s appeal regarding the use of the Russian military abroad became known only minutes before the vote. Earlier it was reported that the lower house of parliament would meet behind closed doors on Tuesday evening. Then it was decided to make this meeting open and post it on the website of the Federation Council,” the statement read, referring to Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko.
It was noted that Nikolai Pankov (former deputy defense minister), then a member of the State Duma, whom Putin named his official representative, addressed the senators.
He said that the situation in the Donbass is getting worse and that Russia should take the inhabitants under its protection.
Next, Senator Andrei Klishas, who chairs the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, clarified that the request for the use of armed forces abroad was received on Tuesday, February 22.
As the Ukrainian News Agency reported earlier, Putin submitted a proposal to the Federation Council on consent to the use of armed forces outside Russia.