Putin backs Medvedev's decision to sack Moscow mayor
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin backed Tuesday President Dmitry Medvedev's decision to sack the controversial Moscow mayor, saying he had acted within the law.
"The president of Russia acted in full accordance with the law and within the range of his competences," Putin told reporters on a visit to the northern city of Syktyvkar.
"Yury Mikhailovich Luzhkov did a lot for the development of Moscow and to a large degree is a key figure of modern Russia," said Putin in comments broadcast on state television.
"But it is clear that relations between the mayor of Moscow and the president did not work out. The mayor is subordinate to the president and not the other way round.
"It was necessary to take the necessary steps to normalise the situation," added Putin.
Putin's comments came after some analysts had speculated that he had been far less enthusiastic about the dismissal of Luzhkov than the president.
© 2010 AFP