...the Russian legislature, that is.
Alongside the Kremlin's newly-minted air campaign against ISIS in Syria (or against forces other than ISIS, as the case may be) comes news that the Russian parliament has approved a Putin-backed authorization for military deployment to Syria. More from the Washington Post:
Russia’s authorization to use force is expected to complicate Western policy in Syria, and has raised concerns of an accidental conflict between U.S.-led coalition aircraft and a Russian troop deployment that includes jet interceptors and surface-to-air missiles.
The resolution came without warning in the Federation Council, Russia’s higher body of parliament, where 162 senators voted unanimously in support after a closed-door discussion — similar to the vote last year to green light Russian military force in Ukraine.
In a brief statement, the Kremlin said that Putin had requested the authorization to use force “on the basis of universally recognized principles and norms of international law.”