Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as a presidential candidate will deliver new ideas and proposals because Russians expect to see “a new edition of Putin,” the premier's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC on Tuesday.
In an interview with the BBC, Peskov said that despite the drop in support for the United Russia party in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, “its leader, Vladimir Putin has no grounds to worry about his presidential prospects.”
“Russians expects Putin in his new edition. It is obvious that the party will need to be renewed, and Putin as a candidate for the new presidential term in this country will have to deliver new ideas, proposals, form new unions,” Peskov said.
The United Russia party has nominated Putin as its candidate for the presidential polls, due to be held on March 4.
“Putin has never been directly connected with the United Russia party since he is regarded as an independent politician,” he said.
His comments came as Putin holds a meeting with United Russia members at the party's headquarters.
Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Russia were marred by widespread allegations of vote fraud in favor of United Russia, with dozens of video clips showing alleged election violations posted on the Internet.