According to the submitted document, Putin asks the State Duma to ratify the protocol "on introducing amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on joint protection of the external border of the Union State in airspace and the creation of the Unified Regional Air Defense System of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus of Feb. 3, 2009."
The protocol was signed on Nov. 2, 2016 in Minsk.
"Its provisions clarify the conceptual apparatus of the Agreement, as well as introduce amendments concerning the organizational and staff structure of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the procedure for the use of weapons and military equipment by air defense duty officers in the joint performance of combat duty missions," the Russian State Duma website said. Read more: Putin must pay real price for occupying Crimea and destabilizing Ukraine, - McCain
"The implementation of the Protocol will improve the security of the external border of the Union State in the airspace, contribute to strengthening the security of the two states, and will not require additional allocations from the federal budget," the report says.