The Kremlin said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Prez is healthy and denied what he said were false reports that he was not in good health, Reuters reported.

"Everything is fine with his health.

You know that Ukrainian information specialists, as well as American and British ones, in recent months have been putting out all kinds of fakes about the president's health - these are just fakes,'' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a journalist's question on his daily press conference.

A video of Putin fueled rumors of his failing health

Putin coughed at his public appearance yesterday and the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying he had caught a slight cold during his visit to Iran the day before.

It was very hot in Tehran yesterday, 38 degrees Celsius and the air conditioner was working very hard there.

So I apologize, Putin, 69, said.

International interest in his health has intensified in recent months, including after photos of his meetings with Russian and foreign officials were released, showing them sitting at opposite ends of a long table as a precaution against COVID-19. Reuters notes.

From time to time footage showed Putin walking stiffly.

Since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the president has made frequent public appearances and his schedule of meetings and phone calls is full.

He also made two trips abroad in the past month.

CIA Director William Burns yesterday responded to a question on the subject of Putin's health.

At a security forum held in the US, Burns said Putin was "in very good health".

There is no evidence that Putin's health has deteriorated

At his regular press conference, Peskov also said that the Kremlin is extremely negative about the statement by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, that the US legislature may recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism because of the war in Ukraine, TASS reported.

On the other hand, it would be very difficult to make it so that relations between Russia and America would further deteriorate.

They are in an unenviable condition anyway, he added, quoted by BTA.

Peskov also stated that the EU continues to introduce sanctions against Russia with enviable persistence, but they will not make Moscow change its position.

He also strongly denied accusations that Russia is using the natural gas shortage situation for blackmail.

Any technological difficulties related to this stem from the restrictions introduced by the European countries and the EU themselves, Peskov emphasized.

According to him, the EU continues to "maniacally impose sanctions that harm their own interests, harm their population, which is clearly beginning to suffer from the sanctions and the consequences that these EU decisions cause."

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Commenting on the course of the struggle for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party in Great Britain, the Kremlin spokesman noted that everything that happens there is their internal work.

Given all the previous statements, we hope that the future British Prime Minister will still be oriented towards a more balanced and measured rhetoric regarding our country when he takes office, added Peskov.

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