Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have announced their “marriage is over,” Russia Today reports.
“It was our joint decision, our marriage is over,” President Putin said in the interview to Russia24 state channel. The announcement was made at the Grand Kremlin Palace, where Vladimir and Ludmila Putin attended the Esmeralda ballet.
Asked to confirm if that was a divorce, Lyudmila Putina, who was standing by the President’s side, told the media “Yes, you can say that, this is civilized divorce.”
“I do not like publicity, and the flights are complicated for me. We love our children, we are proud of them and see each other often,” said Lyudmila Putina.
However, Mrs. Putina said “they will always be friends”.
“I am grateful that he supports me,” she said.
The counple had been married for 30 years.