Russia: Putin to step down after his second consecutive term ends

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed his commitment to the Russian constitution, which does not allow more than two consecutive presidential terms, while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. «I am, and always have been, strongly committed to the Russian constitution. The constitution clearly says that there cannot... Еще be more than two consecutive terms,» Putin answered when asked whether he would step down at the end of the current term. Putin concluded his answer stressing that the Russian constitution forbids a candidate to assume the presidential post for the third time consecutively and that he is 'determined to stick to this rule' in the future. Vladimir Putin served as the Russian President for two consecutive terms between 2000-2008 and subsequently took the Russian Prime Minister's office until 2012. In 2012 and in 2018 he took the lead in the presidential elections and now is into his second six-year presidential term.

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