(Dan Tri) – Reuters sources say that President Vladimir Putin has decided to run for re-election to lead the country for another 6 years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: TASS).

`President Putin has not made any announcements on this issue (re-election). The election campaign has not been announced yet,` Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on November 6 when commenting on

Previously, British news agency Reuters quoted 6 different sources as saying that President Putin had decided to run for re-election in the election scheduled to take place in March next year.

`He has decided to run again,` a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Another source familiar with the Kremlin also confirmed to Reuters that Mr. Putin has `finalized` his re-election plan and the Russian leader’s aides are preparing for this campaign.

Mr. Putin, 71 years old, has led Russia since 1999. He held the position of president from 2000 to 2008 and from 2012 to present.

In 2021, the Kremlin owner signed a new law allowing him to run for two more terms.

Mr. Putin is in his fourth presidential term, lasting until 2024. The new law paves the way for him to hold power for two more terms, each term lasting 6 years, if he decides to run again and is elected.

Diplomats believe that no one will become a real opponent of Mr. Putin if he decides to run again.

`In my opinion, he has no opponents right now and cannot have opponents in the Russian Federation,` Mr. Peskov said, affirming that the President `is receiving absolute support from the people.`

Recently conducted public opinion polls show that Mr. Putin is still the most popular politician in Russia.

The Russian presidential election is scheduled to take place on March 17, 2024.

If after the first round of voting, no candidate receives more than half of the votes, a second round of voting will take place.

Last month, leader of the Chechen Republic (Russia) Ramzan Kadyrov proposed postponing the election due to the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, according to the plan, parliamentary elections will take place in October 2023 and presidential elections in March 2024.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said last week that President Volodymyr Zelensky is considering plans to hold elections.

`We must determine that now is the time to focus on defense and combat, to protect the destiny of the nation and its people. In my opinion, now is not the right time for elections. This is the period the country needs