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Updated: June 20, 2011 12:49 IST

Medvedev wants second term, but won't challenge Putin

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talk at a presentation ceremony of state awards in the Kremlin in Moscow. File photo: AP.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin talk at a presentation ceremony of state awards in the Kremlin in Moscow. File photo: AP.

Mr. Medvedev said in an interview with the Financial Times broadcast on Monday by Russian television stations that he and Mr. Putin wouldn’t face one another in the election next March because their rivalry would hurt the country.

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev says he wants a second term, but won’t stand against Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Medvedev said in an interview with the Financial Times broadcast on Monday by Russian television stations that he and Mr. Putin wouldn’t face one another in the election next March because their rivalry would hurt the country.

Both men have said repeatedly that they will decide later which of them will run for president in the vote. Mr. Putin, who shifted into prime minister’s seat in 2008 after serving the constitutional limit of two consecutive terms, is seen as more powerful and is widely expected to reclaim the job.

Mr. Medvedev said he would announce his decision later. He added that he and Mr. Putin sometimes have different approaches, but denied that there was any kind of rift between them.

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