In an interview, Medvedev cleared that he and Mr. Putin wouldn"t face one another in the next March election as their contention would hurt the country. Mr. Putin, who shifted into Prime Minister"s seat in 2008 after serving the constitutional limit of two consecutive terms is seen as more powerful and is widely expected to reclaim the job.
"The thing is that Vladimir Putin, both my colleague and old friend and I still largely represent the same political force," Medvedev said. Hence, competition between Putin and Medvedev "could harm those tasks and goals we have been pursuing for the past years. "
He also added that "Participation in elections is about winning" and "not about facilitating the development of slogans (calling) for free competition". He vividly denied of any rift between him and Putin.