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Russia. Vladimir Putin has replaced the defense minister. Sergei Shoigu is leaving and will be replaced by Andrei Belousov

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The pro-Kremlin RIA Novosti agency reported that President Vladimir Putin has appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as secretary of the Security Council of Russia. Nikolai Patrushev was dismissed from this position. Andrei Belousov is to become Russia's new defense minister.

RIA Novosti quotes the statement of the Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian parliament). It was reported that the chamber had received candidates proposed by President Vladimir Putin for the positions of heads of a number of ministries. Putin proposed Andrei Belousov, a former deputy prime minister, for the position of defense minister.

After the arrest an associate of the current head of the Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, Timur Ivanov There were reports in independent Russian media that Shoigu may also leave office due to the lack of success on the Ukrainian front.

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RIA Novosti reported in another cable that Putin had appointed Shoigu as secretary of the Security Council of Russia. Nikolai Patrushev was dismissed from this office. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained that Patrushev was dismissed due to being transferred to another position. He did not provide further details.

Peskov also explained why Putin proposed to appoint Belousov as defense minister. As he said, the Ministry of Defense should be headed by a civilian, and the ministry itself should “be open to innovation and advanced ideas.”

Shoigu is a long-time collaborator of Putin. He was Minister of Defense from 2012. In early May, Vladimir Putin met with Alexei Dyumin, his former bodyguard who was deputy defense minister in 2015-2016. After this event, Russian independent media speculated that Dyumin could become a possible deputy minister of defense or even head of this ministry.

The ministers and prime minister Putin has reappointed, Mikhail Mishustin, must still be approved by the lower house of Russia's parliament, the State Duma. The changes are related to the fact that on Tuesday Putin was sworn in for another term as president of Russia.

RIA Nowosti, Reuters, tvn24.pl

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