Putin offers to make parliament speaker head of foreign spy service

September 22, 2016 11:47 AM EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev/Pool

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to appoint Sergei Naryshkin, outgoing speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, as head of the foreign intelligence service, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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