Friday, June 25, 1999 Published at 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
More Russian troops to Kosovo
Will Russian troops be singing the same song as their Nato counterparts?
The upper house of the Russian parliament has overwhelmingly approved the sending of Russian peacekeeping troops to Kosovo.
They will serve in American, French and German sectors in Kosovo, following an earlier agreement with Nato.
Critics of the deployment have said it will cost too much, with Russia having too little say over how the troops were used.
Two hundred Russian troops have been in Kosovo since mid-June when they occupied Pristina airport.
It is unclear exactly how the Russian troops will coordinate with Nato commanders, especially the American, German and French officers in whose areas the Russians will operate.
Seeking to allay doubts that K-For will work effectively, Nato Secretary-General Javier Solana said: "Russian and Nato troops work side by side in Bosnia, and I'm sure that they will do so again with equal success in Kosovo."
There also will be up to 750 Russians deployed at the Pristina airport, plus 16 Russians designated as liaison officers.
The Russians' logistics base will be in the vicinity of Kosovo Polje, to provide support for the Russian peacekeepers.
Some observers have warned that their arrival might cause new frictions with Albanians.
And BBC Correspondent Robert Parsons says many Russians appear to believe they are going to Kosovo to defend the Serbs - a partisan view which could bedevil their relations with the KLA and Nato.