This announcement from the Russian president had been long expected.
Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had “no other choice” than to run in the Russian presidential election in March 2024.
The vote will happen after almost a quarter of a century since the Russian President first came to power, and two years after he launched an assault on Ukraine.
“I am going to run for president,” Putin told a veteran of the conflict in Ukraine on the sidelines of a ceremony at the Kremlin.
“I understand that today there is no other choice,” he said, according to a broadcast by the state television channel Rossiya-24.
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