Putin Isn't Ailing, Kremlin Says as Rumors Swirl

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good health, the Kremlin said on Thursday, dismissing rumors that the leader was suffering from an illness after a foreign trip was canceled, Reuters reported. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by Reuters if the president was in good health, replied "yes." A Kazakh governmental source said Putin's trip to Astana scheduled for this week was canceled because Putin had fallen ill, stirring speculation on social media that something had happened to the 62-year-old leader. The last time Putin's health was in the spotlight was in 2012 when sources told Reuters that Putin, who was seen limping in public, was suffering from back pain. The Kremlin denied that Putin had back problems.

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