September 19, 2013 / 4:05 PM / 4 years ago

Russia's Putin does not rule out seeking re-election in 2018

VALDAI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he had not ruled out running for a fourth term in an election due in 2018.

Putin, 60, made the remark in response to a question at a gathering with Russia experts and journalists.

Asked whether he might seek a new term as president when his current six-year mandate expires, he said: “I do not rule it out.”

Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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