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Kudrin says reluctance to Medvedev's gov't "thought through"

09-28-2011 08:59 BJT

MOSCOW, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Russia's resigned Financial Minister Alexei Kudrin Tuesday said his remarks on his reluctance to work in President Dmitry Medvedev's government in the future was "thought through."

"On Sept. 24, the long-term structure of government in our country became clear and I stated my position," Kudrin said in a resignation statement, adding his remarks were not spontaneous.

"This has absolutely nothing to do with emotions," he said.

In his statement, Kudrin also declined a proposal to lead Russia's Right Cause, saying that "I have never considered the possibility of becoming involved in an artificial project that in fact discredits the idea of liberal democracy."

Kudrin resigned Monday after a brief but defiant confrontation with President Medvedev over "principal disagreement."

On Saturday, Putin announced his decision to rerun for president in 2012 and suggested Medvedev would become prime minister if he wins the presidency.

Only one day after Putin's announcement, Kudrin said in Washington that he would decline a job in a future Russian government to be headed by Medvedev because of "principal disagreement" between the two men over financial issues. ' Kudrin, 50, has been serving as financial minister since 2000.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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