Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with students at the Sirius educational centre in Sochi, Russia January 22, 2020. Sputnik/Alexey Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia must remain a strong presidential republic, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday when asked about a possible transitional period once he steps down in 2024.

Last week Putin proposed constitutional changes that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Polina Ivanova; Editing by Gareth Jones

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