Covering Every Base
And Medvedev definitely just accomplished that by signing the Federal Law On Amendments to the Federal Law On Defence.
The amendment adds to the Federal Law On Defence a clause stating that, in accordance with the established rules and principles of international law, the international agreements to which the Russian Federation is party, and the Federal Law On Defence, Russian Federation Armed Forces units can be used in operations beyond Russia’s borders for the following purposes:
– to counter armed attacks against Russian Federation Armed forces, other troops and bodies deployed beyond Russia’s borders;
– to counter or prevent armed attack against another country if this country has so requested from the Russian Federation;
– to protect Russian citizens abroad from armed attack;
– to combat piracy and guarantee the safety of shipping.
The Federal Law On Defence is also supplemented by an article that, in accordance with the Russian Federation Constitution, sets out the procedures for a decision by the Russian President to use Russia’s armed forces units in operations beyond its borders.
The first point hits Crimea, and Georgia, and possibly some of the Central Asian republics. The second point hits Byelorussia (hey, you never know when those Poles will attack, or rise up against the Byelorussians). Third hits Georgia, and Crimea again, plus Moldova, and possibly the Baltics. And the last covers Somalia, and Israel.
Like I said, they’ve got just about everybody here.