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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Rejects Zhirinovsky Offer

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov on Thursday turned down ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky's offer of an alliance, but tried to rally support from other candidates in the Russian presidential race.

Zyuganov said he was planning "consultations" later this week with representatives of the Third Force. The term refers to three centrist candidates who once discussed uniting their campaigns: free-market economist Grigory Yavlinsky, retired General Alexander Lebed and eye surgeon Svyatoslav Fyodorov.

"They have smart and competent people, and we hope to unite our efforts,'' Zyuganov told Interfax on a trip to the southern Russian city of Nalchik.

Zyuganov flatly rejected Zhirinovsky's Wednesday proposal to unite with the Communists in exchange for the post of prime minister in a Zyuganov government.

Zyuganov said any agreement with the ultranationalist could only "last for two hours due to his character.''