Still no decision on Russian troops in Ukraine

2014-03-01 22:03
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (File, AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (File, AP) (AP)

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Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet taken a decision on sending troops to Ukraine, despite winning approval from Russia's upper house of parliament for such a move, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

"This is the point of view of the Federation Council (upper house). It is the president who takes the decision. For the moment, this decision has not been taken," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Peskov added in later comments to Russian state television that the Kremlin was still hoping there would be no further escalation in the crisis.

"The president now has the full arsenal of mechanisms necessary for the regulation of the situation," Peskov said.

"Of course he will take the decisions taking into account how the situation develops. It is to be hoped that the situation will not develop according to the scenario that is developing at the moment towards a threat for Russians in Crimea."

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