Medvedev 'does not rule out' Kremlin return

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 09:10 hrs

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that he would return to the Kremlin after his 2008-12 single term as head of state, according to a report.

"If I have sufficient strength and health, if our people trust me in the future with such a position, then of course I do not rule such a turn of events," Medvedev when asked if he had the ambition for another Kremlin term.

During an interview with a news agency and Le Figaro, Medvedev also said that he is happy working under his mentor Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev, who on Monday embarks on a working visit to France, served as president after Putin stepped aside following the maximum two consecutive terms allowed by the constitution after his 2000-08 stint, the Herald Sun reports.

According to the paper, Putin, however, stayed on as a powerful prime minister and Medvedev, 47, never fully emerged from the shadow of his fellow St Petersburg native, an impression strongly reinforced when Putin returned to the Kremlin in May 2012.

Medvedev in his interview revealed he had not lost his political ambition, the report said.

"This (returning to the presidency) depends on a whole range of factors," the report quoted him, as saying.

"Never say never, especially as I swam in that river once and this is a river that you can swim in twice," he added. (ANI)

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