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Russia's upper house to revoke resolution on military intervention in Ukraine

English.news.cn   2014-06-24 20:46:02

MOSCOW, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The upper house of Russia's parliament is to revoke a resolution on military intervention in Ukraine on Wednesday at the request of President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Putin asked Speaker Valentina Matviyenko of the Federation Council to cancel the resolution of March 1 in order to facilitate the normalization of the situation in Ukraine's eastern regions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Federation Council, or the upper house of parliament, is set to approve Putin's request on Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Putin's request is "the first practical step" after the Russian leader made statements to support Ukraine's peace settlement plan.

On March 1, the Federation Council approved Putin's request for using armed forces in Ukraine until the "political-social situation in the country is normalized."

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