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June 20, 2011 2:51 pm

Medvedev: No Rift With Putin

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Yahoo News – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed talk of a deepening rift with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in remarks published Monday, strongly hinting they would not run against each other for president next year.

“To believe some sort of rift is deepening between us is absolutely wrong,” he said, according to a Kremlin transcript.

He repeated a promise to announce soon whether he would run for a new term — six years this time — and suggested he wanted to do so, saying that “any leader who is in a position such as president is simply obliged to want to run.”

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