Vladimir Putin and the Russian government reached an agreement on Thursday to form a new government in the face of an international political crisis that threatens to destabilize the country and put the Kremlin in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump.
A coalition of about 10 U.N. Security Council members, including Britain, France, Germany and China, has imposed sanctions on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine, which began in 2014 and has left millions dead and displaced millions more.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the new government will be formed on May 17 in Moscow.
Putin has long said he wants to form his own government.
He announced on May 7 that he had won a new election that was widely seen as a win for him.
The vote gave him another two-year term.
The U.K. and France also called for the formation of a new parliament.
Putin has said he will form a coalition government.
Lavrov, who will lead a Cabinet reshuffle that begins on Friday, has already appointed ministers for the Russian economy, the security council and a new ministry of defense, the state news agency Tass reported.
The U.L.N., the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said Thursday that it had raised concerns with Russia that the country is using its military assets to impose sanctions against neighboring Ukraine.
It also accused Russia of blocking humanitarian aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines.
The United States and Europe have imposed sanctions over Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine conflict.
The new government is expected to take on the economic burden of sanctions and seek to improve relations with its European and Western allies, according to a statement from the Russian foreign ministry.
It is also expected to try to forge a better working relationship with the United States.