FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting with athletes, participants of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Moscow, Russia September 11, 2021. Sputnik / Evgeny Byatov / Kremlin via Reuters
September 14, 2021
by Maxim Rodionov and Andrew Osborne
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating as a precaution after several members of his crew fell ill with COVID-19 but are “absolutely” healthy and do not have the disease himself, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Said to
That’s why 68-year-old Putin will not travel to Tajikistan this week for planned regional security meetings, which he will attend via video conference.
The Kremlin said Putin made the decision to self-isolate after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Kremlin on Monday in consultation with doctors.
Putin also met with Russian Paralympians and traveled to western Russia on Monday to oversee joint military exercises with Belarus.
The Kremlin leader’s decision to self-isolate suggests a possible breach in the harsh regime established to keep Putin healthy and away from COVID-19.
Kremlin visitors have to pass through special disinfection tunnels, Putin has two shots of Russia’s flagship Sputnik V vaccine, journalists attending his events undergo multiple PCR tests, and people he meets Asked to be quarantined and tested beforehand.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin had been in contact with several people in his crew who had fallen ill with COVID-19.
“Of course we know who got sick on the presidential entourage, and self-isolation (regime) doesn’t directly affect the president’s work,” Peskov said.
“But it is just that the personal meetings will not happen for some time. But this does not affect their frequency and the President will continue his activity through video conference.
Asked whether Putin had tested negative for COVID-19, Peskov said: “Absolutely yes. The President is absolutely fine.”
(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov, Andrew Osborne, Tom Balmforth, Daria Korsunskaya, Gleb Stolyarov and Vladimir Soldatkin Editing by Tom Balmforth)