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Putin vows to strengthen political system if elected as President

(Xinhua)

14:00, October 18, 2011

MOSCOW, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to strengthen the country's political system and facilitate economic diversification after his return to the Kremlin.

In an interview with Russia's three leading TV channels, Putin outlined his views on the future political configuration, including guaranteeing the country's stability and improving people's living conditions.

Putin also revealed that he had agreed with incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev four years ago: if the tandem -- Medvedev and Putin -- works smoothly, they would offer a power swap four years later.

"We propose this configuration and Russian people will decide whether they agree with this offer or not at the ballot box," Putin said.

He also praised Medvedev for his practical implementation of modernization ideas, saying that's why Medvedev was proposed to lead the ruling United Russia party's election list and the future Russian government.

In addition, Putin noted that Russia was not going to pose as a "global policeman," and Russia would never become somebody's " satellite". Russia will build its own stable political system "not following advices and barks from abroad."

Putin announced in September that he would run for president in 2012 and Medvedev agreed to head the ruling United Russia's list for the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.

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