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Russian President Putin moves to scrap option of invading Ukraine

Published on Jun 24, 2014 9:55 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow on June 20, 2014. Mr Putin on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, asked the upper house of parliament to revoke a resolution allowing him to send troops into Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday asked the upper house of parliament to revoke a resolution allowing him to send troops into Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said.

"In the aim of normalising the atmosphere and resolving the situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine and also in connection with the start of three-way negotiations on this issue, a request was sent to the Federation Council to cancel the resolution," Russian news agencies quoted spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Russian senators granted Putin the right to send the army into Ukraine on March 1 following the ouster in Kiev of pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych, arguing that Russian speakers in the country are threatened.

Fears of a potential Russian invasion have mounted since then. NATO last week accused Moscow of deploying more troops near the border while the United States said it would not accept use of Russian force in the country "under any pretext".

 
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