"The quick vote comes a day after Putin asked lawmakers to rescind his earlier request for permission to use troops in Ukraine. He said that his move is intended to help support peace process in Ukraine, which began Friday with a weeklong ceasefire.<quoted text>
Wrong again. Ukraine ceasefire: Russia withdraws use of troops. Only right wing morons don't see diplomacy and sanctions as a tool to control Putin.
The vote came as NATO foreign ministers gathered in Brussels, warning that more sanctions were possible and considering ways to bolster Ukraine's military.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers Wednesday that Putin's move to rescind the permission for using military force in Ukraine was an "important psychological point," but that progress toward a solution remains slow and EU is still prepared to increase sanctions.
Merkel, who is set to have a phone call with Putin, French President Francois Hollande and Poroshenko later in the day, said the EU will do everything possible to help find a diplomatic resolution, but added that "if nothing else helps, sanctions could return to the daily agenda, and this time at the third level."
When Merkel speaks....Putin listens