Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday denied hypothesis that President Vladimir Putin was sick, saying there have been no indicators pointing to any ailment.
Putin’s well being and personal life are taboo topics in Russia, and are nearly by no means mentioned in public.
Answering a query from France’s broadcaster TF1, Russia’s high diplomat stated: “I do not assume that sane individuals can see on this individual indicators of some sort of sickness or ailment.”
Lavrov stated that Putin, who will flip 70 in October, appeared in public “day by day.
“You’ll be able to watch him on screens, learn and hearken to his speeches,” Lavrov stated in feedback launched by the Russian international ministry.
“I depart it to the conscience of those that unfold such rumours.”
Putin, who has been in energy in Russia for greater than twenty years, despatched troops to Ukraine on February 24, sending shock waves all over the world.
Moscow’s offensive has killed hundreds of individuals, sparked the largest refugee disaster in Europe since World Struggle II and led to unprecedented Western sanctions in opposition to Moscow.
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