Putin supports new term limits … for the next guy

Vladimir Putin says he wouldn’t mind amending Russia’s constitution to prevent future presidents from doing what he did — returning to the presidency for a non-consecutive third term: On Wednesday, during a Q&A session in Parliament, Putin said it would be "reasonable" to remove the mention of consecutive terms. But he added that this would ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.

Vladimir Putin says he wouldn't mind amending Russia's constitution to prevent future presidents from doing what he did -- returning to the presidency for a non-consecutive third term:

Vladimir Putin says he wouldn’t mind amending Russia’s constitution to prevent future presidents from doing what he did — returning to the presidency for a non-consecutive third term:

On Wednesday, during a Q&A session in Parliament, Putin said it would be "reasonable" to remove the mention of consecutive terms. But he added that this would not affect him because such a legislation cannot be retroactive — implying that his third term would considered his first term under the new law.

"Once it’s passed, I will have a chance to work for the next two terms. There’s no problem here," he said in televised remarks.

Now he tells us. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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