Medvedev vows response to Putin's coalition
President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday vowed a response to Vladimir Putin's efforts to create a broad coalition ahead of elections, in the latest sign of rivalry between Russia's ruling duo.
Medvedev pointedly declined to say whether he supported Putin's latest initiative to co-opt political and social forces and unite them around his ruling United Russia party in an All-Russia People's Front.
"The appearance of this alliance will be accompanied by attempts to create other election alliances, forums in order to achieve maximum results during elections," Medvedev said.
"I believe that other political structures, blocks, parties will also be trying to fully participate in an election campaign," Medvedev told reporters.
Russia is heading into parliamentary polls in December followed by presidential elections three months later in which both Putin and Medvedev have not ruled out running.
Medvedev spoke after Boris Gryzlov, the head of the United Russia, said that if the new coalition performed well during parliamentary elecitons, it could nominate a presidential candidate as well.
© 2011 AFP