Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday replaced armed forces' chief of general staff General Yuri Baluyevsky, who media said had clashed with Russia's defence minister.
Medvedev announced the appointment in his place of General Nikolai Makarov, a First Deputy Defence Minister, during a televised meeting with Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. He said Baluyevsky would move to be deputy head of the country's Security Council.
"I received the proposal from the defence minister to appoint his new first deputy as head of the General Staff," Medvedev said. "I've studied these proposals and I support them."
Makarov is 58 years old and has commanded units throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union except in Chechnya.
In March, Russian media reported Baluyevsky had offered to resign because of proposed staff cuts and in protest at Serdyukov's appointment as defence minister. Serdyukov is a former tax official with no military experience.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2008, 14:15