Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday denied rumors that President Vladimir Putin was ill and said there were no signs of illness.
Putin’s health and personal life are banned in Russia and are almost never discussed in public.
In response to a question from French broadcaster TF1, Russia’s top diplomat said: “I do not think that conscientious objectors will see any signs of illness or illness in this person.”
Lavrov said Putin, who would turn 70 in October, “appeared in public every day.
“You can see him on screen, read and listen to his speech,” Lavrov said in a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“It is up to the conscience of those who spread such rumors.”
Putin, who has been in power in Russia for more than two decades, sent troops to Ukraine on February 24 to send a wave of mourning around the world.
The Moscow attack has killed thousands, sparked Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, and led to unprecedented Western sanctions against Moscow.
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