Russia's Parliament Lets Vladimir Putin Deploy Troops In Ukraine
The upper chamber of Russia's parliament, the Council of the Federation, unanimously approved Vladimir Putin's request to deploy Russian troops in Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, after the vote, the senators started applauding.
“Considering the request by the president of the Russian Federation and having in mind the best interests and safety of the citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the Russian armed forces personnel stationed in the territory of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in accordance with point 1 g, part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Council of the Federation decides to give permission to the president to use Russia's armed forces in the territory of Ukraine until the situation there normalizes”, read the decree.
The decree is active immediately.
Earlier on Saturday Putin asked the upper chamber of Russia's parliament to allow him to deploy troops in Crimea, choosing to ignore US president Barack Obama's Friday warning that an eventual Russian military intervention in Ukraine will be “costly”.
The new developments provoked an extraordinary meeting of the EU member states foreign ministers to be held on Monday.
The press office of Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev released a statement in which he urged for the preservation of Ukraine's territory in its entirety and for the immediate termination of all provocations in Ukraine.