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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Premier Denies Imminent Dismissal

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Wednesday denied that he was on his way out of the government, saying rumors of his impending dismissal were baseless, Russian news agencies reported.

For weeks, the Russian media have been rife with rumors that President Vladimir Putin was dissatisfied with the prime minister and would soon sack him. The media speculated that Kasyanov had excessively close ties to Putin's predecessor Boris Yeltsin, and that the new president wanted to bring in his own man.

But Kasyanov on Wednesday dismissed the speculation.

?There are no reasons to give grounds for such conclusions or predictions,? Itar-Tass quoted Kasyanov as telling reporters who asked him about the rumors after a Kremlin meeting with Putin.