The Federation Council (the upper chamber) of the Russian parliament has voted unanimously on Wednesday to grant President Vladimir Putin the right to deploy the country's military troops in Syria, Russian state news agencies reported.

The upper chamber of the Russian parliament met at a close-door session to discuss Putin's request. The Kremlin said in a brief statement this morning that Putin sent a request to the Russia's upper chamber for the authorization of the use of force in Syria "on...

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