Putin may not immediately exercise authority to use troops in Crimea - official

March 1, 2014 RBTH, Interfax
President Vladimir Putin will not necessarily immediately exercise the authorization to use Russian armed forces in Crimea that he received from the Federation Council on Saturday, a Russian deputy foreign minister said.

President Vladimir Putin will not necessarily immediately exercise the authorization to use Russian armed forces in Crimea that he received from the Federation Council on Saturday, a Russian deputy foreign minister said.

"The approval that our president has received doesn't literally mean that this right will be exercised promptly," Grigory Karasin told reporters.

Putin had appointed Karasin as his representative at the Federation Council debate and vote on a request from the president for the go-ahead to the use of Russian troops in Crimea.

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