Russian Duma head says no need "for now" to send troops to Ukraine

MOSCOW, March 3 Mon Mar 3, 2014 11:02am EST

MOSCOW, March 3 (Reuters) - The speaker of Russia's lower parliament house said on Monday that "for now, there is no need" to send the Russian armed forces into Ukraine.

On Saturday, President Vladimir Putin secured the parliament's permission to use the military in Ukraine if he wishes, citing the need to protect Russians in the neighbouring nation.

"The decision ... only gives the right (to use the armed forces), which can be exercised in case of necessity; for now there is no need," State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin told the state-run Rossiya-24 television in an interview.

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