February 25, 2010 / 10:34 AM / 8 years ago

Medvedev and Putin share blood group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s ruling duo share more than political views: President Dmitry Medvedev even has the same blood group as his mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

<p>Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speak during a session of the State Council in Moscow January 22, 2010. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool</p>

Putin named Medvedev as his preferred Kremlin successor in late 2007 and has said the two men -- who divide power and claim to agree on all major issues -- are “of the same blood.”

Asked about the comment in an interview with the French weekly Paris Match published Thursday, Medvedev replied:

“On the blood group, I think Vladimir Putin was right -- we really do have the same blood group. We found this out recently.”

Medvedev refused to give a firm answer on his plans after the 2012 presidential election, saying he would consult Putin about the future. Many believe he is keeping the Kremlin seat warm for a return by Putin, who remains Russia’s paramount leader.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Michael Stott

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