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Medvedev not to run against Putin in 2012

world Updated: Aug 03, 2010 15:52 IST

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that he didn't want to compete with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the 2012 presidential elections, although he didn't rule out running for re-election.

"I do not want to see a power struggle; it would be bad for Russia," Medvedev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

"I don't know what will happen in 2012, I don't know who will run," he said. "It could be Medvedev, it could be Putin or someone else."

Medvedev said whoever runs for the election should be aiming to promote the stable development of Russia, as he and Putin have both done.

Putin, who vacated his top Kremlin job in 2008 under constitutional curb of two simultaneous terms, has also not ruled out running in the next presidential election.

"We will reach an agreement because we are of the same blood and of the same political outlook," Putin had said in May 2009 at the Valdai International Discussion Club meeting, in response to a question about the competition between the two leaders.

Russian wildfires have again projected Putin as the leader of the nation, who visited the worst hit areas and talked to the affected people, while Medvedev went away to Black Sea resort of Sochi.

On the backdrop of war-footing battle against wildfires conducted by Putin, Medvedev yesterday summoned his pool reporters to convey to the nation that he is not on vacation in Sochi, but was doing the same job as he would have been doing in the Kremlin.

"I am not on vacation here: by the time I come out of office it is 9 pm here I would like to do some Yoga, which for some time I have abandoned," Medvedev was quoted as saying by Interfax.