Russian President Vladimir Putin has allowed foreign nationals serving in the army of the aggressor state, to participate in peacekeeping and anti-terrorist operations beyond Russia. The corresponding decree, which the master of the Kremlin has made changes to the regulations on the procedure for serving in the armed forces, dated 8 October 2017 and published on Russia’s official website of legal information.
According to the document, foreigners – the military of the Russian army “engaged in combat, to perform tasks in conditions of emergency or martial law, armed conflict, and participate in activities to maintain or restore international peace and security or to suppress international terrorist activities outside the territory of the Russian Federation”.
Earlier in the regulation on the service in the Russian army said that the military-foreigners can only participate in “the performance of tasks under conditions of martial law and the armed conflicts in accordance with universally recognized principles and norms of international law.”
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Also in the decree, Putin noted that the military-recruits wishing to enter the contract service during emergency circumstances, to participate in peacekeeping or anti-terrorism operations abroad or campaigns of the ships, not earlier than one month before the expiry of the service can be contracted for one year.
In addition, there is the possibility of signing a similar contract under similar circumstances, retired members.
5 September 2017 of the Russian Federation stated that it had sent to the UN a draft resolution on the placement of peacekeepers only on the contact line in the Donbass.
Ukraine has opposed the participation of Russia in the peacekeeping mission in the Donbass in the case that the decision to conduct such an operation were to be adopted.
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