The Council of the Federation, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament backed the use of Russian armed forces for the peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh. RIA Novosti reported that with the reference to the session on November 18.
According to the Constitution of Russia, the matter of introduction of military contingent is solved by the Council of Federation. However, currently, Russian peacekeepers are already in Nagorno-Karabakh. Andrei Klishas, the Chairman of the Committee for constitutional legal framework claimed that President Putin had the right to send in the peacekeepers without the consent of the upper chamber, as Russian citizens died there. The official also explained that the consent of the Council is necessary, because it's about a planned event that is supposed to last several years.
The mandate of Russian peacekeeping contingent in the disputed area is supposed to last for five years, with the opportunity to extend the term.