Russian Federation Council gives president green light to deploy troops abroad
The upper house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday approved a bill allowing the use of Russian military forces in foreign countries, including pre-emptive strikes.
“The law gives a very detailed list of causes for the use of Russian military force abroad" Pikaev says,“It includes attacks on Russian armed forces, Russian borders, protection of Russian citizens, fighting against piracy and defending countries which have asked Russia for help.”
Pikaev also suggests that "since the president would be personally responsible for that, he would not be able to share the responsibility with the Federation Council or with the upper house of parliament. He would think twice now whether or not to bear responsibility for that decision.”