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Putin agrees to appoint sports minister Russia's vice premier

October 19, 2016, 17:11 UTC+3

Vitaly Mutko will be replaced by Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov

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Pavel Kolobkov and Vitaly Mutko

Pavel Kolobkov and Vitaly Mutko

© Gennadiy Khamelyanin/TASS

NOVO-OGARYOVO, October 19. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to appoint current Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to the post of a vice premier.

The prime minister also proposed that Deputy Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov should take charge of the ministry in place of Mutko, and President Putin agreed to both of Medvedev’s proposals.

"My proposal is that sport, which is one of the most important spheres of social activities… gets a larger representation in the Cabinet," Medvedev told Putin proposing the candidacy of Mutko for the new post.

Medvedev told the president that Mutko in the post of one of the prime minister’s deputies would be in charge of issues regarding sports, tourism and youth policies in Russia.

"I propose Vitaly Mutko for the post of deputy prime minister as he knows this sphere very well and is capable of solving different problems at the same time," Medvedev said.

Giving the green light for both proposals Putin ordered Medvedev to prepare documents for signing on the appointments of the new vice premier and sports minister of the country.

The prime minister ordered the staff of the government to prepare relevant documents on Mutko and Kolobkov’s appointments and submit them with the presidential staff for President Putin to sign them.

An initiative to appoint one deputy prime minister, who will be in charge of issues on sports, tourism and youth policies in Russia, was voiced by Putin on October 11 during a session of the Presidential Council on the Physical Development and Sport.

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