21 May 2018 17:37

Russian Presidential Executive Office didn't resign, but new appointments possible - Peskov

MOSCOW. May 21 (Interfax) - The Russian Presidential Executive Office did not step down after President Vladimir Putin's reelection, but new appointments there are very likely, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"This [the Presidential Executive Office's resignation following presidential elections] is not de jure a mandatory procedure, it is the government that de jure must step down after a new president takes office. The Executive Office is not mentioned in the relevant legal documents," Peskov told journalists.

At the same time, "this doesn't mean that some appointments or reappointments could be ruled out," he said.

"On the contrary, they are likely to happen in time, but the priority is the formation of the Cabinet of ministers, and this process was completed on Friday," he said.

Asked how extensive reshuffles in the Executive Office might be, Peskov replied, "I can't answer your question exactly. This is the president's and the Executive Office chief's decision. There are no decisions so far. As soon as they are made, we will inform you."