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Putin says Russia's doesn't need early presidential elections
December 23, 2016 / 10:09 AM / a year ago

Putin says Russia's doesn't need early presidential elections

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he saw no need in early presidential elections in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS .

“Let me put it straight: it’s possible but not necessary,” Putin replied to a question if he thought Russia needed early elections.

Putin is widely expected to run for another presidential stint in elections scheduled for 2018.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Polina Devitt

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