Putin cagey on future Kremlin ambitions

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday remained cagey over the prospect of returning to the Kremlin in 2012 presidential elections, saying the year was "still far away".

Putin made the comment to journalists after a marathon phone-in session lasting four-and-a-half hours, during which he conspicuously did not offer the slightest hint about his future intentions.

He ceded the Kremlin to President Dmitry Medvedev in 2008, becoming a powerful prime minister and speculation is buzzing that he may be plotting a return as head of state in the 2012 elections.

Asked who ran the country while the two men were asleep, he quipped: "We take it in turns to sleep. Everything is under control."

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