Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had not yet made a decision as to whether he would run for re-election in the next presidential election. His current term will end in 2024.
Vladimir Putin has been in power as president or prime minister since the turn of the century, making him the longest-serving leader in the Kremlin since the time of Joseph Stalin. Last year, Russia passed reforms that would allow him to run for two consecutive six-year terms. Without these changes, it would have to resign in 2024.
Speaking at the investment forum in Moscow, the Russian leader suggested that the mere possibility of running for the office of president again prevented the political system from weakening it. “Whether I do it or not, it is not known yet, but the very existence of this right (to stand – ed.) Already stabilizes the internal political situation,” Putin said.
Putin on Biden’s declaration: I consider it absolutely right
The president of Russia praised at the same time the decision of US President Joe Biden intending to run for re-election, also in 2024. – I consider what President Biden said about his possible re-election to be absolutely correct. Because if you do not start preparing for the elections, I think the ability to rule the country will suffer a lot, said Putin.
“The US president doesn’t need my opinions, but I think he did the right thing,” he added.
Despite the tense relations with Washington, especially on Ukraine, Putin said he had good working relations with Biden, and the Kremlin has repeatedly spoken in recent weeks about the possibility of a second summit between politicians.
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