Putin’s Request For Right To Use Military Abroad Approved In Russian Parliament

Russia’s parliament moved to formalize the major decisions announced by President Putin, including on Tuesday the country’s Federation Council unanimously ratifying what’s been called “the agreements on friendship, cooperation, and mutual assistance with the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics” submitted by Putin, according to state sources.

The successful ratification was reportedly met with senators breaking out in applause, and are said to be identical for both Donetsk and Luhansk. Heads of the breakaway Ukraine republics – Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, respectively – signed the treaties, which stipulate that “the sides will build their relations as friendly states, being consistently guided by the principles of mutual respect of their sovereignty and territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of any disagreements”.

And crucially, Putin has also now formally requested of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament permission to deploy Russia’s armed forces abroad. Overnight the Pentagon said it observed what the Kremlin has dubbed “peacekeeping” forces moving in the the Donbas regions. 

However, it’s as yet unclear the degree to which significant numbers of troops are already on the ground across the Russian border. 

“The request has been already weighed by the Senate’s committees, the Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, has said,” according to Russian media. The meeting of Russia’s senate was broadcast live, in what’s becoming an ongoing ‘live event’ and bit of muscle flexing aimed at the West.

The Senate quickly issued official authorization for Donbas troop deployment. And in response NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg was quick to condemn what he called “the most dangerous moment in security in a generation.”

Given that Putin has now warned Ukraine against escalating or attacking its forces which will soon pour into Donbas in large-scale formation, the question remains how the West will respond beyond possibly meager sanctions…


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