Russian government resigns following Putin's address

– Putin explains government reshuffles by ‘necessity to implement promises’ he made at address to Federal Assembly

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW (AA) – Russian government has resigned on Wednesday after country's President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes and said he needed "to organize the work."

Putin accepted resignation and asked Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to take a new role as the deputy head of country's Security Council.

At a meeting with the government, following his address to the Federal Assembly, Putin said the implementation of the tasks, voiced during the speech, needs "to organize the work".

In response to Putin's call, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would be right for the government to resign, "to let the president make all necessary decisions".

"As the government of the Russian Federation, we must give the president of our country the opportunity to make all the necessary decisions for this. And in these circumstances, I believe that it would be correct, in accordance with Article 117 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, for the Russian government to resign," Medvedev said.

Putin suggested to establish a position of a deputy head of the Russian Security Council and to appoint Medvedev to the position.

The presidential address to the Federal Assembly is an annual event in which Russia's president announces his vision of strategic directions for the country's development in the near future.