September 5, 2016 / 8:25 AM / a year ago

Putin says premature to say if he will run again for presidency in 2018: Bloomberg

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin considers it “absolutely premature” to say now if he will seek a new presidential term in 2018, the Bloomberg news agency reported on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits before the start of the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

Asked whether a future Russian president could represent a younger generation of politicians, Putin replied: “Yes, of course. I believe a future leader must be fairly young but mature.”

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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