UPDATE 1-Putin appoints new agriculture minister to strengthen sector

April 22, 2015 8:05 AM

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MOSCOW, April 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, a move that could strengthen the ministry.

Agriculture is a priority for Putin, who wants to boost domestic food production after he banned many Western imports in retaliation to U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis.

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