MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday dismissed as “irrational” a resolution proposed by US lawmakers to stop recognising Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president if he remains in power after 2024, calling it US involvement in Russian affairs, reports Reuters.
Putin’s term as president is set to expire in 2024 and may run for two more terms under constitutional changes made during his presidency. Under the previous constitutional limits, he would be barred from running again.
“Every time we think there is nothing more irrational, aggressive, hostile and unconstructive that can come from that side of the ocean, and every time we make a mistake, unfortunately,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov.
“This is a perfect proof not only to Russia but to all the countries of the world that the United States is formally interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.”
Peshkov said it was up to the Russians to choose their president and that Russian lawmakers were likely to react.
Konstantin Kosachev, deputy speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said the resolution was “a challenge aimed at disrupting the emerging normalization of bilateral relations”.
“This time the Americans started interfering in the presidential election rather early,” he wrote on Facebook.
Putin, 69, who has been in power as president or prime minister since the turn of the century, has not said whether he intends to run again in 2024.