The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that he did not coordinate his words with any other party, or otherwise discuss the idea he mentioned of extending the terms of office of the Russian president.
Earlier, Kadyrov said that the incumbent head of state Vladimir Putin “has no alternative” and that the country should think about the decision to extend the term of office of the president, as opposed to being limited to two. The Republic’s parliament supported Kadyrov’s proposal and promised to consider the possibility of drafting a relevant bill. Dmitry Peskov, the presidential press secretary, in turn said that the Chechen parliament’s proposal to extend the powers of the Russian president from two to three consecutive terms is not on the agenda of the head of state personally.
“I declare with all responsibility that I did not coordinate my opinion with anyone, I did not discuss it with the Kremlin, I just proceed from the situation that has developed around the world, in particular in our state. If someone thinks that our enemies abroad in the coming years will change the openly hostile policy towards Russia, they are deeply mistaken,” Kadyrov stated.
Kadyrov stressed that for these reasons, Russian citizens have the right to amend the Constitution. “This is a matter of the people, because the people accept the Constitution, and as the people decide, so it will be … The unprecedented level of support for Putin has been felt by the whole country.” Therefore I am sure that the people will fully approve the proposal to extend the term of one person in office, to three terms in a row, “he added.