Putins parti, Forent Russland, støtter første visestatsminister Dmitrij Medvedev som ny president, og Putin sier han er enig. Medvedev er styreformann for Gazprom.

Putin made the statement in a meeting with representatives of the United Russia party — which is his power base and dominates parliament — and of three other parties. The parties told Putin they all supported Medvedev.

«I completely and fully support this proposal,» Putin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

The Russian stock market surged on the news, led not only by Gazprom shares but also apparently boosted by the end of long uncertainty over whom Putin would designate as successor.

Putin supports Medvedev as successor