Supporters of Russian leader Vladimir Putin have said he should be called “leader” rather than “president”.

Russia is said to be considering replacing words and terms it believes came from the West in steps it deems necessary after the invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

The Kremlin announced the proposal to name Art the Russian president the chapter is a “new idea” but it has “no position on the matter”.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), considered traditionally loyal to the Kremlin, said it considered renaming the presidential term “important.”

The press service of the LDPR in the lower house of the Russian parliament told the TASS agency: “Although constitutional amendments are not on the agenda, we still insist that it is important to name the main post of the country in Russia.

“We offer two options: either the leader or the head of state.”

The press secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov told TASS: “This is a new idea. There is no position on this issue.”

The Nord Stream gas pipeline is closed due to growing concerns about gas supplies to Europe

It comes as the biggest pipeline supplying Russian gas to Europe was shut down on Monday for “annual maintenance” amid fears it could be used to hurt the economy and push up prices even more.

Nord Stream 1 gas flow is expected to stop for 10 days – but they are fears in all governments and markets that the blackout will be extended beyond that time.

Europe is worried that Russia will also limit gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to derail plans to fill storage for the winter.

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Mr Peskov rejected claims that Russia was using oil and gas to exert political pressure, saying the maintenance shutdown was a routine, planned event and that no one had “invented” any repairs.

There are other large pipelines from Russia to Europe, but the flows are gradually decreasing.

Ukraine stopped one gas transit route in May, accusing the intervention of Russian occupation forces.

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