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Kremlin: it is important to rule out any provocative actions in Ukraine

June 04, 2015, 20:37 UTC+3
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on possibility of Vladimir Putin asking the upper house of parliament for authorization to use the Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. Given the current situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin finds it important to rule out any actions that might aggravate it further, the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"In the conditions where the situation in south-eastern Ukraine remains highly volatile, it is naturally important to rule out any actions or steps that might provoke an escalation of tensions and would fall in the same line with the provocative steps, no shortage of which on behalf of Kiev is observed," Peskov said.

He said it when a reporter asked him is Russian President Vladimir Putin planned to ask the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, again for authorization to use the Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine.

Along with it Peskov stressed Putin’s prerogative "to use any of the rights vested in him by the Constitution."

"The main thing right now is to concentrate on fulfilling the Minsk accords," he said. "This is what Moscow expects most of all."

Reporters asked him about a possibility of employing the Russian Armed Forces in operations abroad in the aftermath of a law permitting the use of foreign military contingents on the territory of Ukraine.

They also asked Peskov if Putin planned to use this right as a power granted to him by the Constitution. "But in what way could they possibly be linked?" Peskov said with a note of genuine astonishment.

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