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Russian lawmakers revoke right to send troops into Ukraine

Published on Jun 25, 2014 5:06 PM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - The Russian parliament's upper chamber voted on Wednesday to revoke the right that it had granted President Vladimir Putin in March to order a military intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling to quell a rebellion by Russian speakers in the east.

Justifying the move, which Putin had requested, a senior lawmaker said it should be seen as an act of goodwill to help facilitate peace efforts in Ukraine, but that the Federation Council stood ready to reinstate the authority if needed.

The vote was carried by 153 votes in favour to one against.

The shock reversal by the Kremlin strongman was welcomed by Kiev and its Western allies who have threatened Russia with a slew of tougher sanctions over its alleged backing of the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.  

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