President Vladimir Putin personally knows Alexander Kurenkov, who he proposed for the post of Minister for Emergency Situations, well, press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports.
“Putin personally knows Kurenkov well. And the choice means that, in the opinion of the head of state, Kurenkov's personal, service, and professional qualities will make it possible to perform these functions in the best possible way, — he explained.
According to Peskov, Putin introduced a candidate for the post of head of the department “as soon as he considered it appropriate.” Answering the question whether the president could present Kurenkov in the Federation Council in person or via video link, the Kremlin spokesman noted that there are no exact plans yet.
Putin submitted Kurenkov's candidacy to the Federation Council the day before. A RBC source close to the Ministry of Emergency Situations said that he was an employee of the Federal Security Service (FSO), and also worked as Putin's senior adjutant. The interlocutor also said that in December last year, Kurenkov graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff and received the rank of major general.
Deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Security Alexander Khinshtein said that Kurenkov had until now served as deputy director of the National Guard, oversaw the combat preparation.
On May 24, the relevant committees of the upper house will consider his candidacy.
The material is being supplemented.
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