Report: Putin canceling threat of force

Pro-Russian fighters clean their weapons after fighting against Ukrainian government forces in Slovyansk, Ukraine June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrei Petrov)

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin asked Russia's upper house of parliament Tuesday to revoke the right that it had granted for Russian forces to intervene militarily in Ukraine in defense of Russian-speakers there, Russian news agencies cited his spokesman as saying.

"The head of state has filed to the Federation Council a proposal to revoke the resolution ... on the use of Russia's armed forces on the territory of Ukraine," Interfax quoted Dmitry Peskov as saying.





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