US says ready to work with next Russian president

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The United States said Monday it was ready to work with whoever the next president of Russia, after Vladimir Putin announced plans to seek a return to the top job.

President Dmitry Medvedev, who took over the Kremlin from Putin in 2008, announced on Saturday he would step aside for the incumbent prime minister in the March 2012 polls and instead serve as government chief.

"We look forward to working with whoever is the next Russian president because we believe clearly that this is in the mutual interest of the United States and Russia and the world," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

"We will continue to work on the reset, we believe it's been valuable so far," he said.

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