Prime Minister Medvedev announces resignation of Russian Cabinet

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. – The Russian government resigned on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of constitutional reforms, Russian news agencies reported. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the proposals would make significant changes to the country’s balance of power and so “the government in its current form has resigned.” (Photo by Dmitry ASTAKHOV / SPUTNIK / AFP)


MOSCOW, January 15 (Sputnik) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told President Vladimir Putin after his address to the parliament on Wednesday that the government was resigning.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, dear colleagues, you all witnessed the message of the President of the Russian Federation. The president outlined not only the priorities for work in our country for the coming year, but also outlined a number of fundamental changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. These changes, when they are adopted, and in all likelihood this will be done after the discussion, they will make significant changes not only to a number of articles of the Constitution, but also to the balance of power as a whole,” Medvedev said at a meeting with Putin.

“[These changes will apply to] the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. In this context, it’s obvious that we, as the government of the Russian Federation, should provide the president of our country with the opportunity to make all the decisions necessary for this. And in these circumstances, I believe that it’s right that, in accordance with article 117 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Russian government of the Russian Federation in the current composition should resign,” he said.

The Kremlin said Wednesday that Russian President Putin has signed a decree on government resignation,

According to the decree, the outgoing cabinet led by acting Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will fulfill its duties until the new Russian government is formed.

“This decree comes into force on the day of its signing,” the Kremlin said.