17 Jan 2020 10:17

New PM Mishustin becomes permanent member of Russian Security Council - presidential decree

MOSCOW. Jan 17 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree altering the composition of the country's Security Council approved by the president's May 25, 2012 decree no. 715, the Kremlin said on its website on Thursday evening.

The presidential decree orders that "amendments be made to the composition of the Security Council of the Russian Federation by including in it [...] M. V. Mishustin - Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation - as a permanent member."

The document came into force upon signature, it said.

Putin signed a decree on Thursday to appoint Mishustin Russia's prime minister. The presidential decree came into force upon signature, the Kremlin press service said.

After Putin spoke in favor of introducing a number of amendments to the Russian Constitution, including changes to the government forming procedure, in his address to the Federal Assembly on January 15, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the resignation of the country's government.

Putin then signed a decree on the cabinet's resignation, appointing Medvedev as acting prime minister. Later on Wednesday, Putin nominated Russian Federal Tax Service Director Mikhail Mishustin for prime minister and presented his candidacy to the State Duma.

The State Duma backed Mishustin's appointment to the post of prime minister at its session on January 16.