: Kremlin rep at Minsk group on Ukraine excluded from Russia's Security Council

14:04 Apr. 12, 2016

Kremlin rep at Minsk group on Ukraine excluded from Russia's Security Council

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, and the lower house of parliament, State Duma, speaker Boris Gryzlov meeting with lawmakers, members of the United Russia party, June 29, 2008. (AP Photo)

Vladimir Putin replaced Boris Gryzlov to provide him with more time for negotiations on Donbas

Boris Gryzlov, the Kremlin rep at the Minsk contact group on Ukraine, has been excluded from the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

According to the Russian President's spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov, Putin made this decision to give Gryzlov more opportunities for his activities at the meetings in Minsk.

"He is now focusing exclusively on the situation in Ukraine," said Peskov.

Boris Gryzlov was appointed a permanent member of the Russian Security Council 5 years ago. Since December 2015 he has been representing Russia at the Trilateral Contact group on the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Earlier this year Gryzlov held a meeting in Kyiv with Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine's member of the Contact group. The Russian official was reportedly invited by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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