Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
Churkin left bright mark in history of Russian diplomacy, Lavrov saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 12:20
VLADIVOSTOK, March 15. /TASS/. Russia did not use a parliamentary mandate to deploy its forces in Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary "Crimea. The Path to the Motherland" that was broadcasted by Russia’s television channel Rossiya 1 on Sunday.
"There was no need to use the Federation Council (upper parliament house) mandate to deploy our troops in Ukraine. Because under a relevant international treaty we had the right to have 20,000 troops at our military base in Crimea. Even slightly more. Even having reinforced our base we did not have 20,000 servicemen there."
"Strictly speaking, we did not violate anything since our contingent at the base in Crimea was within the agreed level. And we deployed no additional contingents," he said.