Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi cracked
jokes about clinging to power till they turn 120.
Berlusconi dropped by in Moscow to meet his "pal"
after attending an international forum in Yaroslavl, 250 km
northeast from here on Friday, where he had voiced the idea to
finance an institute for research in prolonging average human
life to 120 year.
Greeting his Italian counterpart at his countryside
residence of Novo Ogoryovo, a relaxed Putin asked in a report
aired by NTV channel: "So we`re going to live until 120?"
"It seems so, yes," 73-year-old Berlusconi responded
through a Russian interpreter, adding "But that would be an
average age, mind. I`m told that leaders will have an even
"So we will be prime ministers until we are 120 years
old?" Putin, 57, quipped.
Berlusconi said he thought not, because it involved a
lot of work and they were getting tired and complained that he
had not had a single holiday this year.
"I think same with you," he asked Putin, who
throughout the summers had been involved in fire fighting the
country`s worst wildfires and drought in over two decades.
Later, he travelled to the country`s far east and
travelled by locally produced Lada car over 2500 km virgin
road still under construction.
Putin told Berlusconi that he had some ideas about
spending together few days. "But we will discuss this when
they leave us alone," he said pointing at the media team
covering the event.