Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has refuted claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ill with cancer.
Lavrov announced in an interview with French television network TF1 that Putin is healthy, despite growing speculation that the President is critically ill.
“You know, President Putin appears in public every day. You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches,” said Lavrov, and added, “I don’t think sane people can discern any sort of symptom of disease in this man.”
According to the Telegram channel General SVR, which claims to be maintained by a former Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) lieutenant general, Putin recently underwent surgery and passed over the control to Nikolai Patrushev, Russia’s Security Council secretary.
New Lines Magazine also allegedly obtained a recording of an oligarch close to the Kremlin claiming Putin is “very ill with blood cancer” earlier in May, after every regional director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed to have received an email on March 13 telling them not to believe rumors about the president’s “terminal condition.”
“I leave it to the conscience of those who spread such rumors despite daily opportunities to assess how anyone is looking,” expressed Lavrov.
Lavrov’s interview also confirmed that the Russian military continues to advance in Ukraine’s Donbas region.
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