Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
MOSCOW, October 5 (Itar-Tass) — The refusal by ex-Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin to work in a future government if it is headed by Dmitry Medvedev should not be regarded as an affront, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, told the Dozhd (rain) television channel on Tuesday night in a live broadcast.
"The words about disagreement either with Putin or Medvedev cannot and should not be interpreted as a personal affront in any way," Peskov said. The press secretary's opinion is that such words can be only perceived as unpreparedness or unwillingness to work together with this or that superior.
Peskov also pointed out that Kudrin's pronouncements were made by him without clarifications or explanations, which was "incompatible with the position held by Kudrin in the Cabinet of Ministers".
At the end of September Alexei Kudrin, who was attending a session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, stated that he was not planning to work in a new government after the 2012 presidential polls, if it is headed by the now Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Kudrin said his attitude is accounted for by the existence of a number of differences between him and Medvedev over economic policy. In reply, the Russian president demanded that Kudrin give explanations, and then suggested that he tender his resignation.
On September 26, Kudrin, after taking counsel with Prime Minister Putin, petitioned Medvedev in a request to relieve him of the duties of Vice-Premier and Finance Minister.