Russia's Putin says election "fuss" disrupts work

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 13, 2011 12:39 PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday it was too early to name a favoured candidate for the 2012 presidential election.

President Dmitry Medvedev had earlier promised a decision soon. But Putin said speculation over who would run in next March's election was disruptive.

"There is still one year before the election. And this fuss over the election does not help to organize routine work," Putin was quoted by news agencies as saying.

Medvedev, steered into the presidency by Putin in 2008, said in an interview with China's CCTV released on Tuesday that he would soon decide whether to seek re-election.

Putin said on Wednesday that neither he nor Medvedev has ruled out running in the presidential election.

"We will draw conclusions based on the situation before the election," Putin was quoted as saying.

Medvedev was in China on Wednesday for a summit of major emerging economies in the BRICS group.

"If we give wrong signals now half of the (Kremlin's) administration and half of the government will stop working in expectation of some changes," Putin said.

(Writing by Gleb Bryanski, Editing by Steve Gutterman and Thomas Grove)