Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to self-isolate after a member of his crew tested positive for coronavirusThe Kremlin has announced.
Yesterday, the Kremlin leader met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also participated in military exercises with his defense minister and a general.
The 68-year-old was to travel to Tajikistan this week for security meetings regarding neighboring Afghanistan.
A Kremlin statement said today that Putin had called on Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon to explain why he could not travel and would instead hold a meeting via video.
“I had to postpone my visit to Tajikistan because many of my close aides had fallen ill,” the Russian president said.
Speaking after the Kremlin’s announcement, Putin said his aides who had contracted the virus seemed to have had his booster a while.
“His antibody count went down and he was re-vaccinated, but it appeared that it was a while,” he said.
“Three days after the re-vaccination, he fell ill. I talked to him all day long.”
Putin said he would now become a guinea pig for the Sputnik V vaccine after his colleague fell ill.
“It’s a natural experiment now,” he said. “Let’s see how Sputnik V actually works in practice.
“My antibodies are high enough, let’s see how it would look in real life.
“I hope everything goes as it should, and Sputnik V will really show its high standards for protection against COVID in real life.”
Putin’s spokesman said the president is currently “absolutely healthy”.
Putin reportedly received his vaccine in March this year, although it was done behind closed doors.
Despite the delay in the jab, Putin is out and talking to people about being unmasked.
ill health rumors
Last April, conspiracy theorists claimed that Putin contracted Covid after visiting a top doctor, who later tested positive for the virus.
The two were pictured shaking hands before visiting the hospital without any protective gear.
In the past few months, rumors have swirled about reports of Putin’s ill health.
In November a source claimed that the Russian leader had symptoms of Parkinson’s disease along with cancer.
Political analyst Valery Solovy said of his health trauma: “One is of a psycho-neurological nature, the other is a problem of cancer.
“If anyone is interested in an accurate diagnosis, I am not a doctor, and I have no moral right to reveal these problems.
“The second diagnosis is much more dangerous than the first named diagnosis because Parkinson’s does not threaten the physical condition, but only limits public appearances.
“But there is a fatal diagnosis.
“On the basis of this information people will be able to draw conclusions about their life horizons, which will not even require specialist medical education.”
Solovy claims Putin had surgery last February and another Russian source claimed it was a colon cancer operation.
Some gaps are apparent in the president’s schedule at the time, but it is claimed that his first appearance after surgery was to lay flowers at the St Petersburg memorial site on 19 February.
Solovy is a political scientist and historian and former head of the public relations department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, one of the most prestigious universities in Russia.
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