Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the formation of the Ministry for the Crimean Affairs, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday, ITAR-TASS reports.

In a separate decree, Putin ordered Oleg Savelyev to head the new ministry of the Russian government.

“I believe it is feasible to form a separate federal body with the executive branch of the government for dealing with the issues of Crimea and Sevastopol,” Medvedev said. “The Russian president supported the government’s initiative concerning this issue and signed two decrees."

“The first is on the formation of the Ministry for Crimean Affairs and the second is on the appointment of Oleg Savelyev to the post of the minister,” the prime minister added.