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Russia denies overseas minister taken to hospital forward of G-20 summit


Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov attendin a session of the Russian State Duma on October 3, 2022.

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Russia’s overseas ministry on Monday denied a report that International Minister Sergei Lavrov was taken to hospital after he arrived in Bali on Sunday for the G-20 assembly.

AP, citing 4 Indonesian authorities and medical officers, reported that 72-year-old Lavrov had been taken to the hospital after touchdown in Bali, the place he’s set to attend the summit that begins on Tuesday, and had been handled for a coronary heart situation, with no additional particulars supplied.

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster advised Reuters that Lavrov had visited hospital, for what he mentioned was a check-up, and that the minister was in good well being.

Nevertheless, Russian International Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova derided the report Monday, saying she was “right here with Sergey Viktorovich [Lavrov] in Indonesia … and we don’t consider our eyes: it seems that he was hospitalized,” she mentioned, calling the report the “peak of faux information.”

She then posted a video of Lavrov dismissing experiences he had fallen in poor health, saying Russia was used to comparable experiences speculating on the state of President Vladimir Putin’s well being.

“Properly, it has been written about our president for 10 years now that he fell in poor health. That is such a recreation that’s not new in politics,” Lavrov mentioned.

Russia’s overseas ministry didn’t immediately deal with whether or not Lavrov had had a check-up or was as an alternative dismissing the usage of the phrase hospitalization.

Pictures confirmed him arriving on the Ngurah Rai Worldwide Airport in Bali on Sunday and being greeted by officers.

Russian International Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov walks out of the airplane upon arrival at Terminal VVIP I at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia on November 13, 2022.

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Lavrov is main the Russian delegation on the G-20 summit the place he’s anticipated to press Russia’s case for the unhindered export of its grains and fertilizers, and rising fuel provides to Turkey.

Lavrov is because of attend the summit in Bali instead of President Vladimir Putin, who had mentioned beforehand he wouldn’t attend the assembly. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is about to attend just about.

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