Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military abroad

After discussing the situation in Donbass, the Senate has authorized the president’s request

The upper house of Russia’s parliament has granted permission for the country’s military to be deployed abroad, following a request on Tuesday from President Vladimir Putin.

The decision was taken after Russia recognized the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.

Ahead of the vote, representatives of the committees said they supported the authorization, suggesting that the troops could be sent to Donbass as peacekeepers. Valentina Matvienko, the Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, said the troops would “create normal conditions for people’s lives and ensure security” there.

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