Bill To Allow Russia's Military Intervention Abroad

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has introduced a bill that legalizes Russia's military intervention in other countries, local media reports.

The bill, subject to approval of the parliament, would allow Russian troops to be used abroad "to rebuff or prevent an aggression against another state" or "protect Russian citizens abroad".

This was announced Monday by Medvedev at a meeting with the leaders of Russia's largest political parties in in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, which borders Georgia's break away region of Abkhazia.

He justified the move to "clearly regulate" incidents such as Georgian attack on South Ossetia last year, killing dozens, including Russian peacekeeping troops.

Russian forces entered South Ossetia and gave a humiliating blow to Georgia in five days of intense fighting in August, which Moscow said was to protect Russian citizens in the breakaway region.

"We very much hope that these events do not happen again but the issues need to be addressed," Medvedev added.

An existing law allows the president of Russia to send special military units abroad only to fight terrorism.

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