Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance since March 5th when he met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev on Monday.
Asked by reporters about the speculation on his health, the Russian leader replied: “life would be boring without gossip”.
However, the reasons for his absence were not forthcoming and no explanations given for meetings that were cancelled.
RT reports: Putin met his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev on Monday in his first public meeting open to the press since March 5.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov mocked the rumors about his boss’s alleged disappearance.
“Have you seen the president [Putin] crushed with paralysis and captured by the generals?” Peskov asked the journalists, smiling,” [He] just arrived from Switzerland where he was delivering babies, as you know.”
When a Western journalist asked Peskov about a foreign doctor attending the Russian president, the spokesman said the doctor in question “was among the generals who captured Putin.”
The Kremlin is not going to comment on Putin’s state of health, Peskov stated.
“We’ve said 10 times, we can’t comment anymore,” he told journalists, adding that the more comments that are released, the more fantastic theories are being invented.