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MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian presidential candidate, Mikhail Prokhorov is ready to participate in any meeting between the Russian president and representatives of political parties, but the latter has not been invited to such a meeting yet.
“I am ready to participate in all events, which will make it possible to move our country along the path of civil society's development. I am ready to participate in any meeting, which aim would be to do so,” he told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
Prokhorov was also not invited to a meeting between the president and the representatives of unregistered parties due to take place next week. “I have not been invited to this meeting yet,” he confirmed.
On Wednesday, Prokhorov said he is surprised with the format of the Wednesday meeting between the president and the leaders of unregistered parties. “I should state that the format of the meeting proved once again the monopoly position of the parliamentary parties that is quite suitable for the authorities and representatives of these parties,” he said, recalling that the same “State Duma old timers” were participating in the meeting. “It is absurd and humiliating that the problems of unregistered parties are discussed at the meeting with registered parties,” he pointed out.
“If the president really wanted to discuss the construction of a new party system, he would invite those, who are directly related to this process,” Prokhorov, who already stated his intentions to form a new party, said.
At the meeting with representatives of the registered parties Medvedev noted that next week he will meet with those, who want to create their political parties. “Next week I am going to meet with your colleagues, who want to create a political party, but did not create it yet,” Medvedev said. “They will soon get such an opportunity after the relevant bill is enacted,” the president added. “I will discuss with them the same issues (the reform of the political system),” Medvedev pledged. Meanwhile, the makeup of the participants of the coming meeting is not reported yet.