Putin Calls Obama’s Bluff, Asks Russian Parliament To Approve Sending Troops To Ukraine

From AFP:

Map locating the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, where mysterious armed troops occupy the airport; includes information on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. MCT 2014<p>With UKRAINE, by MCT

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday asked the upper house of parliament to approve the use of Russian troops in Ukraine, the Kremlin said, despite warnings from the US not to intervene. “In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens… I submit to the Federation Council a request to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory until the normalization of the political situation in that country,” the Kremlin quoted Putin as saying in the document. Putin said that Russia also had to protect servicemen from its Black Sea Fleet which is based on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea “fully in line with an international accord”.

The request was made on the basis of point “G” of the first part of section 102 of the Russian constitution on allowing the use of Russian troops beyond the borders of the country. There were no further details on the document and Putin has yet to speak publicly about the situation in Ukraine since the overthrow of president Viktor Yanukovych last week. Putin’s move came after the heads of both the lower and upper houses of parliament on Saturday urged him to take measures over the situation in Ukraine and in particular the overwhelmingly pro-Russian peninsula of Crimea.

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