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.