Dmitry Medvedev offers hints on future

It takes a keen eye to spot meaning in the delicate, diplomatic dance of words surrounding Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin as they consider entering the race for the presidency of Russia next year. President Medvedev has given an extended interview to the FT and in this analysis our Eastern Europe editor, Neil Buckley, and Moscow bureau chief, Charles Clover, report from St Petersburg. They tell the FT’s Richard Edgar what the president has to say on the election, on the deep shift in mentality he feels Russians must make and how Mr Medvedev’s approach to Syria is shaped by events in Libya.