The petition of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Vasily Smirnov, about his resignation was granted, the Russian military reported on Monday.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu granted the request of Vasily Smirnov for dismissal from the post of deputy chief of the General Staff, told RIA "News»Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Nikolai Pankov.
“Yes, indeed, Vasily Vasilyevich (Smirnov) wrote such a report, and the Minister of Defense satisfied his request,” said the agency’s source.
Pankov added that, formally, Smirnov has not yet been dismissed and is now "in the workplace, working, working."
The nominee to replace Smirnov has not yet been selected, the general noted.
“There are several candidates under consideration, there are at least five of them, but who will occupy this post, I can’t assume at the moment,” concluded Pankov.