Medvedev keeps quiet on presidential ambitions

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday refused to say if he intended to seek a new mandate in 2012 but said an announcement on the decision should be expected soon.

"This kind of decision has to be made when all the conditions are right, when it has the final political effect," Medvedev told reporters in the first large scale news conference of his presidency.

"That is exactly why I think that in order to make such a political decision, you have to select slightly different formats than a press conference," he added.

"This does not mean that this can last for ever... As I said in the interview to your Chinese colleagues, this decision will come fairly soon," he said, referring to a recent interview with Chinese television.

Russia in currently swirling in pre-election speculation amid uncertainty over who out of Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will run in the 2012 presidential elections.

© 2011 AFP

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