Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting in the sunshine at the weekend at the presidential residence in Gorki, outside Moscow.
On Saturday 11 June 2011, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had an informal meeting, cycled through a park on the outskirts of the capital, and looked for the entire world on an informal bike ride. Later, they played badminton together.
Despite efforts to represent their relationship as friendly, there have been growing signs of strain between Putin and Medvedev that has ruled since 2008 when Putin, after his two constitutionally permitted terms, stepped down as president and nominated Medvedev, who was accordingly elected. However, Putin and Medvedev remained close, leading Russia to overcome the 2008-09 economic crisis.
Two popular and powerful figures enjoy a bike ride together on 11 June at the presidential residence in Gorki, outside Moscow.
Mr. Medvedev and the former President Putin have a close relationship
Mr. Medvedev smiles as the pair share a joke on a bench in the sunshine at the weekend in Gorki
The two leaders have a rest and chat friendly after riding in Gorki
Their topic is speculation surrounding whether Mr Putin wants a third term as Russian president, a position he held between 2000 and 2008
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin prepare to play badminton after their meeting in the Gorki presidential residence, outside Moscow on Saturday, June 11, 2011.
There are many rumors about their plans for election in 2012 but two leaders have not officially spoken about this.
Medvedev-Putin: An informal meeting at a Moscow park
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