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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Peacekeepers' Mandate in Kosovo Extended

Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday voted to extend the mandate of Russia's peacekeeping force in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo until mid-2001.

The Federation Council voted unanimously to approve President Vladimir Putin's request for the extension, according to the parliamentary press service. Up to 3,616 Russian troops should remain stationed in Kosovo until June 10, the press service said.

Putin had said that Russia should keep troops in Kosovo until a political settlement is reached on the region's final status.

Russian troops are part of the NATO-led international peacekeeping effort in Kosovo, known by the acronym KFOR. The peacekeepers moved into the province after a 1999 NATO bombing campaign drove Yugoslavia's army out and ended an ethnic cleansing campaign against ethnic Albanians.