Putin thanked Medvedev for his contribution, but acknowledged that the cabinet of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had failed to meet all the goals set by him.
The Tass News Agency notes that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered his resignation to President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Russian news media said that Putin praised Medvedev for his contribution, but acknowledged that the cabinet of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev failed to meet all the targets set by him.
Russian media reported Putin plans to designate Medvedev as Deputy President of the Security Council.
Medvedev, Putin’s long-standing close associate, has acted as Russia’s prime minister since 2012. He served four years as president in 2008-2012.
Putin has told Medvedev’s cabinet member to continue working until a new cabinet is created.
Medvedev’s resignation preceded Putin’s annual state speech earlier on Wednesday. Throughout his address, the Russian leader suggested amending the constitution to expand the control of prime ministers and cabinet members.
The latest change is seen as part of Putin’s efforts to establish a new position of power for him to continue at the forefront following his current term as President in 2024.