"I will be proposing my candidacy for the position of president of the Russian Federation," Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday at a meeting with factory workers. "Russia will move only forward, and no one will ever stop it in its progress."
After announcing his intention to participate in the election, Putin thanked the factory workers for their contribution to the country's development.
"Thank you for this reaction, first of all, thank you for your work. Thank you for your attitude toward your work, the enterprise, the city, the country. I am sure that we will succeed," the Russian president emphasized.
The United Russia party has already voiced its support of Vladimir Putin's candidacy for the election, a senior party member has said.
The election is expected to take place on March 18. While the list of candidates is not yet set in stone, several have already voiced their intention to challenge Putin in the race for the Kremlin.