(RoyalPatriot.com )- Speaking at an investment forum in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hasn’t yet decided whether he plans to run for another six-year term when his current term in office ends in 2024. However, he did express his delight in the news that 79-year-old Joe Biden is planning to run for reelection.
Putin has held power as either president or prime minister since 2000, making him the longest-serving Kremlin leader since Joseph Stalin. Last year, Russia passed amendments that would allow Putin to seek two additional 6-year terms in office when his current term ends in May of 2024.
In his speech on Tuesday, Putin said whether or not he decides to seek reelection in two years, just having the option to run again helps to stabilize Russia’s political system.
Some Russian experts have said Putin would have run the risk of becoming a lame-duck president if the option to run again was not open to him. And while Putin believes Biden’s decision to run in 2024 is “absolutely right to do,” most political analysts believe that Biden’s claim of a reelection bid is his attempt to avoid the lame-duck label as well.
Even Putin seems to think Biden announcing his intention to run again is Biden’s way of avoiding the lame-duck label, saying on Tuesday, that if Biden didn’t prepare for the 2024 election, “the governability of the country will suffer to a significant degree.”
While there are undoubtedly growing tensions between the US and Russia, especially over Russia’s military build-up along its border with Ukraine, Putin maintains that he has a good working relationship with President Biden. In recent weeks, some in the Kremlin have even floated the possibility of holding a second summit between Putin and Biden similar to the one held in Geneva in June.
Last month, a Kremlin spokesman denounced a proposed resolution in Congress to refuse to recognize Putin as president if he is reelected in 2024.
The resolution, introduced in the House would declare illegal the amendments allowing Putin to run for two more terms. And any attempt by Putin to remain in office after May 2024 “will result in non-recognition by the United States.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the resolution “ridiculous” and “hostile,” adding that every time Russia believes relations with the US are improving, “we are unfortunately wrong.”