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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sergeyev Kept On

MOSCOW -- President-elect Vladimir Putin has ordered officials to draw up documents to extend Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev's contract, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

The decision was a clear sign that Putin, who was elected president on Sunday, favored stability in the military leadership as he settles into his new role. The Kremlin made the announcement after Putin met with Sergeyev.

Sergeyev reached the retirement age of 60 two years ago, but then-President Boris Yeltsin twice extended his contract. There had been widespread speculation Putin would ditch Sergeyev in favor of a younger general or even a civilian minister.