"I have always strictly adhered to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. It is clearly stated in the Constitution: no more than two consecutive terms. Now I have a second term. As you remember, I was twice president before that, and then left the post of president, because the Constitution did not allow me to be elected for a third time, that's all. I intend to adhere to this rule in the future," Putin said in response.
At a meeting with the chief executives and editors-in-chief of international news agencies, a female participant, asking her question, recalled Putin's words that he could leave the post of president at the end of his term.
The presidential election took place in Russia on March 18, with Vladimir Putin securing a landslide victory, winning 76.69 percent of the votes with the total turnout of 67.54 percent.