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    MOSCOW, March 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russian acting Minister for Economic Development and Trade German Gref will probably maintain his office, a source in the Russian government disclosed to RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    "I believe that Mr. Gref will maintain his office. Today there is no necessity to look for the new Minister for Economic Development and Trade," the source said.

    At the current stage it is important to complete the reformations, the agency's interlocutor stressed.

    According to him, the atmosphere in the government as well as in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade shows that "Mr. Gref stands good chances to maintain his office." "In my personal talks with Mr. Gref he disclosed that he has the intention to continue his work in the current position," the source noted.

    At the same time he said that "under certain conditions Mr. Gref may refuse to head the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade." "However, this is unlikely to happen," the agency's interlocutor concluded.

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