Putin jokes with Berlusconi: Let's rule until we turn 120

September 11, 2010 08:38


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MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly joked during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saying that they could hang onto their jobs until they are 120 years-old on Friday.

Berlusconi visited Putin at his residence west of the Russian capital after attending a world policy forum in the Volga River city of Yaroslavl.

Referring to an offer by Berlusconi to help sponsor research on extending an average lifetime to 120 years, Putin jokingly suggested in remarks carried by Russian newswires that they both could stay in their jobs until that age. Berlusconi reportedly said that would be difficult because of heavy workload.

Berlusconi also met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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