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Earlier in the day, Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the president asked the Federation Council to cancel its resolution permitting the use of the Russian military in Ukraine.
The source said that Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council, personally raised the issue of Putin’s request on Tuesday and asked to debate on it at the session of the parliament’s upper chamber on Wednesday, June 25.
He added that Matviyenko called Putin’s request a “positive proposal.”A letter from President Putin to permit the use of the Russian military force in Ukraine was submitted with the Federation Council on March 1 amid tensions on the Crimean peninsula, which was part of Ukraine then.
The Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities, brought to power amid riots after a coup in February.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11 and held a referendum on March 16, when most residents voted in favor of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.
Putin signed the unification deals on March 18. The deals were subsequently approved by both houses of Russia's parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council. On March 21, he signed the federal constitutional law on accession of two new constituent members to the Russian Federation - the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.