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Kremlin fires Putin's longtime ally Ivanov

  • FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016, file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, toasts with chief of president's staff Sergei Ivanov during a reception celebrating the Day of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.  Putin has fired his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov having said it's been done at Ivanov's request because he had been too long in the job, and he is also taken off the Security Council, Russia's top security body. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016, file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, toasts with chief of president's staff Sergei Ivanov during a reception celebrating the Day of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has fired his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov having said it's been done at Ivanov's request because he had been too long in the job, and he is also taken off the Security Council, Russia's top security body. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Monday, March 24, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has fired his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov having said it's been done at Ivanov's request because he had been too long in the job, and he is also taken off the Security Council, Russia's top security body.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service FILE via AP)

    FILE- In this Monday, March 24, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has fired his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov having said it's been done at Ivanov's request because he had been too long in the job, and he is also taken off the Security Council, Russia's top security body. (Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service FILE via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, meets with the new Chief of the presidential administration, Anton Vayno, right, and the outgoing Kremlin Chief of Staff, Sergei Ivanov, in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday fired Sergei Ivanov, his chief of staff and one of his closest allies, in the most high-profile power reshuffle at the Kremlin in years. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, meets with the new Chief of the presidential administration, Anton Vayno, right, and the outgoing Kremlin Chief of Staff, Sergei Ivanov, in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday fired Sergei Ivanov, his chief of staff and one of his closest allies, in the most high-profile power reshuffle at the Kremlin in years. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired Sergei Ivanov, his chief of staff and one of his closest allies.

State television on Friday showed footage of a meeting of Putin, Ivanov and the new chief of staff. Putin said he was making the move at Ivanov's request because he had been too long in the job. Ivanov was also taken off the Security Council, Russia's top security body which includes Putin, chairs of the parliament and chiefs of security services.

Former KGB officer Ivanov, a former defense minister and deputy prime minister, has been seen as one of Putin's closest allies. Ivanov was considered a likely successor to Putin before Putin chose Dmitry Medvedev to run for president in 2008 when he was unable to stand himself due to term limitations.