Putin confirms Medvedev to be PM given election win

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin confirmed on Thursday that he would switch posts with outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev if voters support the pro-Kremlin United Russia party and Putin’s candidacy in upcoming elections.

“I would like to once again stress that if the voters trust us with forming the government, that is they vote for United Russia and me as the Russian president, Dmitry Anatolyevich would undoubtedly head the government,” Putin said at a meeting with voters.

He said that Russia must pursue modernization in all areas, “end its dependence on oil and gas and perform a transition to the innovative development model.”

Medvedev, in his turn, said that he and Putin would continue their frequent trips across Russia if elected to the posts.

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