Moscow expects “sobering” effect from Federation Council decision on Ukraine

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MOSCOW. March 3 (Interfax) – Moscow expects the Federation Council’s consent to send Russian army servicemen to Ukraine to have a sobering effect on many forces in that country.

“Speaking of the decision the Federation Council made yesterday, we expect this decision to sober up many and to demonstrate the seriousness of intentions of the Russian Federation,” Russian State Secretary – Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Vladimir Solovyov’s Voskresny Vecher program aired by Rossiya 1 channel.

“We expect everyone to understand the measures Russia is taking,” Karasin emphasized.

In his words, Moscow is primarily being guided by the need to ensure the security of citizens. Moscow is concerned about the inflow of refugees from border regions of Ukraine, he added.

“I believe that our point of view will eventually work its way out and reach those involved in reckless geopolitical schemes in the former Soviet space,” Karasin said.

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