Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has served as a two-term president twice, spoke to reporters on Friday. Surprisingly the Russian leader, who could accurately be described as a dictator, said that he intends to step down at the end of his presidential term in 2024.
Reuters reported Friday that Putin said he intends to respect the Russian constitution, which does not allow a president to serve more than two terms consecutively. Putin was elected to two consecutive terms previously and stepped down from his position in 2008. In 2012 Putin returned to office.
Putin’s two two-term runs as President of Russia put him in the unique position of leading Russia longer than any other political figure, aside from former leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin’s run lasted three decades.
Speaking to news reporters at an economic forum being broadcast on state TV from St. Petersburg Putin, when asked if and when he would leave office, he said:
‘I have always strictly abided by the constitution of the Russian Federation.’
The Russian president added:
‘In the constitution it’s clearly written that nobody can serve more than two terms in a row… I intend to abide by this rule.’
Vladimir Putin, who is known around the world as a cut throat dictator, retains remarkable popularity in Russia. When re-elected Putin vowed to return Russia to a position of power globally in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War.
In March Putin was elected for a second term, giving him six more years as president. The footage was cut from the original which lasted over five minutes. The walk starts in what appears to be hallways near his office. The bizarre walk includes video of him walking past a man saluting him and pauses for a glimpse at his reflection. He continues to a limousine that takes him to the Grand Kremlin Palace where his walk continues, down a red carpet and ending at the stage.
Not unlike American president Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin absolutely loves making a spectacle of himself. You can watch some of the awkwardness that comes along with the documented walk to the podium in the YouTube video below:
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