Sept 14, 2010
MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi cracked jokes about hanging on to power to well past 100, during a relaxed meeting in Russia, TV pictures showed Saturday.
Berlusconi, 73, was visiting Putin at his residence at Novo Ogarevo, near Moscow.
The NTV station reported that during a forum at Iaroslavl, north of the capital, Berlusconi had said Friday he was going to finance research into dramatically extending life expectancy.
“So we’re going to live until 120?” Putin asked him with a smile, as the two men relaxed in armchairs.
“It seems so, yes,” Berlusconi replied, according to the Russian-language translation offered by NTV.
“But that would be an average age, mind. I’m told that leaders will have an even longer life,” he added.