Lavrov leaving? Russian TV channel says yes; Peskov calls it speculation

RTVI sources: Lavrov will not be in the new Russian administration; Peskov calls it speculation, instead congratulate him on his birthday

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RTVI sources: Sergei Lavrov will not be in the next government of Russia
According to sources, Lavrov has long wanted to leave the post.
Maria Zakharova told RTVI that she does not know whether Lavrov will remain at his post.
There are several views of who may head the Foreign Ministry.

Sergei Lavrov will leave the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and will not join the new government, which will be formed in the coming months by Vladimir Putin following the results of the last elections. Several sources close to the foreign policy department have told RTVI about this at once.

The presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the information about Lavrov’s departure “speculations” and suggests paying them no attention but simply to congratulate the minister on his birthday.

According to sources in the Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov has been wanting to leave the position he has occupied since 2004, primarily because of fatigue. But, at the urging of Vladimir Putin, he stayed on through the presidential election.

“The fact that he wanted to leave for a long time is no secret to anyone,” says one of the agency’s employees. According to him, and confirmed by other informed sources, now everyone in the Smolenskaya Square is waiting for the announcements of the new government.

In an interview with RTVI, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said she did not know whether Lavrov would remain at his post.

There are various views of who might take the place of Lavrov. It could be one of the acting deputy ministers (many bring up the name of Grushko, in 2012-2018 the representative of Russia in NATO), or a person from outside, including, possibly, from the presidential administration.

Back in January 2018, Sergei Lavrov was asked at a press conference who might replace him as minister. Responding to a question from Ilya Arkhipov from Bloomberg, he then said that he “is not used to doing anything other than ensuring the most effective work.” He also added: “We have a Constitution that clearly defines the procedure for the formation of the government. I assure you that this order will be fully preserved.”

Lavrov himself, says a source close to him, will most likely not retire, but take an honorable position, for example, in the Security Council of Russia.

Sergei Lavrov became head the Foreign Ministry on March 9, 2004, when on the eve of the presidential elections, Vladimir Putin dismissed Kasyanov and proposed Mikhail Fradkov for the post of Prime Minister. Lavrov was Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 1994-2004.

Source RTVI
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