Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today did not rule out the possibility of seeking re-election to the top Kremlin job in 2012, when incumbent Dmitry Medvedev's term expires, even as he said there will be "no competition" and an "agreement" will be reached.
"There will be no competition; we will reach an agreement because we are of the same blood and of the same political outlook," Putin is reported to have said at an interaction with foreign experts on Russia.
During his meeting with the members of 'Valdai Club' of leading Kremlinologists, Putin was asked whether he would seek re-election in 2012, the Russian strongman shot back with the question: "Was there rivalry in 2008?"
Interacting with top Russia experts including Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu N Ram, Putin underscored that the decision (to seek re-election) would be taken by him jointly with Medvedev and the United Russia ruling party at the appropriate time.
"There is no and will not be any rivalry with Medvedev. There was no competition in 2008 and there will be no competition in 2012," Putin underscored.
Putin, who stepped down in May 2008 after serving two consecutive terms of four years each, maximum allowed under the Russia constitution, is eligible to again run for the Kremlin office at the next elections.
His hand-picked successor Medvedev had proposed recent constitutional amendments extending the presidential term to seven years, opening 14 years of presidency for Putin.