Medvedev not to run against Putin in 2012

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that he didn`t want to compete with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the 2012 Presidential Elections, although he didn`t rule out running for re-election.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 15:43 PM IST

Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
has said that he didn`t want to compete with Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin in the 2012 Presidential Elections, although he
didn`t rule out running for re-election.

"I do not want to see a power struggle; it would be
bad for Russia," Medvedev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

"I don`t know what will happen in 2012, I don`t know
who will run," he said. "It could be Medvedev, it could be
Putin or someone else."

Medvedev said whoever runs for the election should be
aiming to promote the stable development of Russia, as he and
Putin have both done.

Putin, who vacated his top Kremlin job in 2008 under
constitutional curb of two simultaneous terms, has also not
ruled out running in the next Presidential Election.

"We will reach an agreement because we are of the same
blood and of the same political outlook," Putin had said in
May 2009 at the Valdai International Discussion Club meeting,
in response to a question about the competition between the
two leaders.

Russian wildfires have again projected Putin as the
leader of the nation, who visited the worst hit areas and
talked to the affected people, while Medvedev went away to
Black Sea resort of Sochi.

On the backdrop of war-footing battle against
wildfires conducted by Putin, Medvedev yesterday summoned his
pool reporters to convey to the nation that he is not on
vacation in Sochi, but was doing the same job as he would have
been doing in the Kremlin.

"I am not on vacation here: by the time I come out of
office it is 9.00 pm. Here I would like to do some Yoga, which
for some time I have abandoned," Medvedev was quoted as saying
by Interfax.

PTI