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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Denies That Cabinet Will Be Sacked

President Vladimir Putin on Friday denied rumors that he was planning to sack his Cabinet, Interfax reported.

Putin told Russian reporters that the rumors were ?ill-intentioned and without any basis,? the news agency reported from Minsk, Belarus, where the Russian president was attending a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Russian media have been reporting for weeks that Putin was dissatisfied with Cabinet members, particularly Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, and would soon sack them. The media speculated that Kasyanov had excessively close ties with the circle of Putin's predecessor Boris Yeltsin, and that the new president wanted to bring in his own man.

Kasyanov himself denied the speculation Wednesday.