Putin: Someone else might become Russian president in 2018
The post of Russian president may be held by another person after the 2018 elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted on Tuesday at a meeting with the chairman of the WorldSkills organization.
Putin dropped the hint while discussing the possible Kazan World Championship on working trades, which is to be held in 2019, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
"The event we are talking about should take place in 2019. The presidential elections in Russia will be held in 2018. But I'm sure whoever is the head of the Russian state will be happy to take part in these events," Putin said.
Putin’s third presidential term is scheduled to end in 2018.
As reported earlier, Putin has not yet given a clear answer about whether he will run for office in the next presidential elections, but he has not ruled out the possibility either.
However, he has said that he is not going to remain as Russia’s lifelong head of state.