President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday asked the upper house of Russia’s parliament for permission to use Russia’s armed forces abroad after officially recognizing two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. the demand It was unanimously approved shortly thereafter..
The measure takes effect immediately, according to one of the representatives present at the session.
Speaking to the chamber during part of an evening session broadcast on the chamber’s website, one of Russia’s deputy defense ministers said Russia had no choice and asked for approval to deploy troops abroad. “We need to put these people under our protection,” he said.
Earlier, the Russian parliament ratified the agreement signed by Putin to defend the separatists in eastern Ukraine, after recognizing their republics.
The President of the Republic declared that “the recognition of the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the ratification of friendship, cooperation and assistance agreements must put an end to the conflict and the death of our compatriots living there.” Duma, Chamber of Deputies of Russia, Vyacheslav Volodin.
Deputies unanimously approved both texts, with 400 votes in one case and 399 in the other. In the latter, no member of the House of Representatives pressed the button to vote in time.
02/19 – A shooting instructor is seen during a civilian training course in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday (19) – Photo: Efrem Lukatsky / AP
Subsequently, the deputies warmly welcomed the text being processed.
Shortly thereafter, members of the Federation Council followed, approving both texts.
“This is a long-awaited decision,” council president Valentina Matvienko said after the vote.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions recognized as independent by Russia – Photo: Arte g1
“The ratification of these agreements opens a new life and gives new possibilities to the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk,” he added.
Aid agreements between Russia and Ukrainian separatists will last ten years.
Putin’s decision sparked a wave of disapproval on the part of Western countries, which announced severe sanctions against Russia.
Putin: The treaty failed, and Ukraine is to blame
On Tuesday (22) Putin said that it is impossible to say in advance what Russian military actions are in the Donbass region. Final movements, he says, will depend on the situation in place.
“I didn’t say our troops would go there immediately,” he said.
He also said that the best solution to end the crisis over Ukraine is for Kiev to give up its desire to join NATO: “The best solution to this issue is for the authorities currently in power in Kiev to give up joining NATO for their own sake and remain neutral.”
He also stated that the Treaty of Minsk that established peace between the two countries no longer exists and that there is nothing in the text to be fulfilled, and that the blame for the failure of the agreement rests with the Ukrainian government.
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