Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Photo Date: 3/17/18 / Photo: PutinRF_Eng / Twitter / (MGN)

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he opposes the idea of the country's leader being able to serve an unlimited time in office like the Soviet Union allowed.

Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after he called for constitutional changes that could help him remain in power once his presidential term ends in 2024.

When a veteran at Saturday's meeting proposed not having term limits for Russia's president, Putin responded that "it would be very disturbing to return to the situation of the mid-1980s, with the leaders of the state, one by one, staying in power until the end of their days."