Russian President Vladimir Putin will not participate in election debates, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said, APA reports citing TASS.
"The president is not participating in election debates," the Kremlin spokesman said when asked about Putin's plans to take part in them.
Peskov suggested addressing questions about Putin receiving a presidential candidate's certificate to the election headquarters.
"There is a headquarters, there is its chief," he said.
Earlier today, the Central Election Commission (CEC) registered the incumbent head of state as a self-nominated candidate. Putin became a fourth registered candidate; earlier the CEC registered representatives of three parliamentary parties - Leonid Slutsky (of the LDPR), Vladislav Davankov (of New People) and Nikolay Kharitonov (of the CPRF).
Russia’s presidential election is due on March 15-17.