Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov denied studies that Russian President Vladimir Putin is critically sick on Sunday as rumors in regards to the chief’s well being proceed to unfold.
Lavrov made the assertion to the French outlet TF1 on Sunday. Rumors in regards to the Russian chief’s well being have swirled since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine in late February.
“You understand, President Putin seems in public each day. You may see him on the screens, learn his speeches, hearken to his speeches,” Lavrov mentioned. “I don’t assume sane individuals can discern any type of symptom of illness on this man.”
Lavrov’s assertion comes after a recording reportedly revealed a Kremlin-aligned Russian oligarch stating that Putin was critically sick with “blood most cancers.”
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The Kremlin has needed to deny studies of Putin’s declining well being a number of instances this yr. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in March that Putin’s psychological and bodily state have been each “regular.”
Whereas there was little concrete proof that Putin’s well being is struggling, an investigation by the Russian outer Proekt discovered that the chief frequently travels with an entourage of roughly 60 medical doctors, and that he suffers from again ache.
Putin, 69, has by no means publicly addressed his well being rumors, however he has for years sought to current himself as a sportsman and outdoorsman.