Putin says does not exclude running for president

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he did not rule out running for president in 2012 polls, a day after President Dmitry Medvedev said he would soon announce if he will stand.

"Neither myself nor Dmitry Anatoliyevich (Medvedev) exclude that each of us could stand for election," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

"We will take into account the realities of the current situation at the moment of the elections."

Medvedev said in a television interview released Tuesday he would soon reveal if he will run in presidential polls next year, in possibly the strongest sign yet of his ambition to stay in the Kremlin.

Putin said: "If we give some improper signals now, half the administration and a large half of the government will stop working in anticipation of some kind of changes."

© 2011 AFP

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