, MOSCOW, Oct 11 – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev opened up a new career opportunity to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday, jokingly offering to him the mayoral seat of Moscow.
"Moscow these days does not have a mayor," Medvedev said, "I know you will be stepping down shortly. If you had Russian citizenship you could get a job here."
The mock invitation to make yet another career twist came after Medvedev dramatically sacked Moscow\’s mayor of 18 years Yury Luzhkov at the end of September, temporarily replacing him with the mayor\’s former deputy Vladimir Resin.
A list of candidates for the job has been announced by majority United Russia party this weekend. The four potential appointees, needless to say, do not include Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger is due to step down as governor of California in January. Earlier on Monday he did not expound on what he might do next, saying he does not yet want to "take eyes off the ball" of his governorship.
"There are a lot of options: make movies, write books," he said, "I have three months to think about what to do."
Medvedev and Schwarzenegger met in Moscow following a summer visit by the Russian President to California\’s Silicon Valley, where they talked technology and innovation.
The governor is now paying a return visit by bringing a high profile trade mission to discuss investment opportunities in Medvedev\’s future high tech hub Skolkovo.
It was not an electric car however that took Schwarzenegger to the Skolkovo construction site, but a Soviet vintage Chaika car, driven by Medvedev.