Medvedev says quizzed by G8 on presidential plans

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday his G8 partners quizzed him on his plans for 2012 when Vladimir Putin may seek a return to the Kremlin, crushing his protege's own ambitions.

"They were interested, I won't hide that," Medvedev said after the summit of Group of Eight industrialised democracies in the French resort of Deauville.

"I told them the absolute truth about what I and some of my colleagues are planning to do," a grim-faced Medvedev said.

He declined to go into specifics, bluntly advising reporters to go and ask his G8 counterparts about his future plans.

"I can give you a couple of addresses. You can go ask them," he said.

Analysts say Medvedev is keen to stay in the Kremlin but cannot speak about his plans more definitively as the final decision rests with Putin, who currently holds the post of prime minister.

© 2011 AFP

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