`Hats off` to the Defence Minister for his resignation, says Sergey Ivanov

Acting First Deputy Prime Minister, Sergey Ivanov, says the resignation of Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov is a decision that evokes respect. The resignation comes at a time of political changes after the old government resigned last week.

“I can only comment on the resignation request contained in the application by Anatoly Serdyukov, as the final decision on the resignation is taken by the Supreme Commander-In-Chief, the President of Russia, when it concerns the Defence Minister. Speaking about my attitude to this request, it only inspires deep respect within me, because Anatoly Serdyukov has filed it basing on his ethical principles,” Mr Ivanov noted.

Anatoly Serdyukov, who had been in the position for only seven months, said he was leaving the post because he is a member of the newly-appointed Prime Minister's family.

A new government cabinet is expected to be fully named by Friday.