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Putin does not intend to be Russia’s eternal President

Source: TVi
Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

However, he does not exclude the possibility of running for office in 2018 again.

Vladimir Putin does not have the intention to remain President of Russia forever, as this is bad for the country. This was stated by the head of the Russian State in an interview to TASS special project First People, at the same time without excluding the possibility of nominating himself for this post in 2018.

To the question whether Putin would remain President forever, the head of state answered: “No. This is not right for the country, it’s damaging, and I don’t need it,” he explained. “You see, I am in such a state and position, that nothing is secret…”

According to him, tiredness is not the matter. “I am accounting for today’s reality, the midterm prognosis… There is no point of me grabbing onto something. You see, no sense whatsoever anymore,” he explained.

“I know that I sincerely served and still serve, do everything to realize myself in this. And, I will repeat myself, grabbing onto something is counterproductive, damaging and completely uninteresting,” said the President.

Putin noted that the Constitution allows him to run for the highest post. “Yes, there is a possibility that I will be nominated again,” he said. “The Constitution allows it, but that does not mean that I will make such a decision.”

“I will take into account the general context, internal understanding, my own mood,” he added, noting that it is too early to think about it at the moment. “I don’t know whether this possibility will be taken advantage of, not yet,” said Putin.

We remind you that on March 6, 2000, early presidential elections were held in Russia. Putin was elected head of state. On March 14, 2004, Putin was elected for a second term with 71,31% of the votes.

On September 24, 2011 at the party assembly of Yedinaya Rossiya, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed to the delegates to support Putin’s candidacy as head of state. At the March 4, 2012 elections Putin was re-elected President.

Source: TVi
Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
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