Russia’s Sergey Lavrov denies he was hospitalized at G20

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Russia's Sergey Lavrov denies he was hospitalized at G20

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied a report Monday claiming that he had been hospitalized for a heart condition after he arrived in Bali for the G20 summit.

The 72-year-old Russian diplomat was reported to have been taken to the Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar after arriving on the Indonesian island Sunday.

“This, of course, is the highest level of fakes,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said of the Associated Press report, which cited multiple Indonesian officials.

Zakharova posted a video on her Telegram channel of a seemingly healthy Lavrov sitting outdoors on a patio, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt and reading documents.

Russia's Foreign Ministry released Monday a video showing a healthy-looking Lavrov reading documents on a patio.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry released Monday a video showing a healthy-looking Lavrov reading documents on a patio.
Telegram / Maria Zakharova
Lavrov claimed Western journalists have been falsely reporting that Vladimir Putin has been ill for a decade.
Lavrov claimed Western journalists have been falsely reporting that Vladimir Putin has been ill for a decade.
Telegram / Maria Zakharova

Asked about the report, Lavrov claimed Western journalists have been spreading false rumors about President Vladimir Putin’s health for a decade.

“This is a kind of game that is not new in politics,” Lavrov said. “Western journalists need to be more truthful — they need to write the truth.”

Lavrov said Western media routinely took a partial view of events and ignored Russia’s point of view.

Russia’s state news agency Tass separately cited Lavrov as saying: “I’m in the hotel, reading materials for the summit tomorrow.” The outlet also released a photo that appeared to show the minister smiling in front of a pool in Bali.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster told Reuters that Lavrov had briefly visited the hospital for a “check-up” but that the minister was in good health.

Multiple Indonesian officials claimed Lavrov, 72, was taken to a hospital Sunday to be treated for a heart condition.
Multiple Indonesian officials claimed Lavrov, 72, was taken to a hospital Sunday to be treated for a heart condition.
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“He was in good health and after the check-up he immediately left,” the governor said.

Four Indonesian government and medical officials told the Associated Press that Lavrov was treated at the Sanglah Hospital.

All of the officials declined to be identified as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Two of the people said Lavrov had been treated for a heart condition.

Lavrov, center, is representing Russia at the G20 summit after it was announced last week that Putin won't be attending the meeting with world leaders.
Lavrov, center, is representing Russia at the G20 summit after it was announced last week that Putin won’t be attending the meeting with world leaders.
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Lavrov is the highest-ranking Russian official at the G20 meeting, which President Biden, China’s Xi Jinping and other leaders are attending.

Putin’s attendance at the G20, which begins Tuesday, had been uncertain until last week, when the Kremlin confirmed he would not come and that Russia would be represented by Lavrov instead.

Lavrov has been Putin’s foreign minister since 2004, making him Russia’s longest-serving top diplomat since Soviet times.

Before becoming foreign minister, Lavrov, nicknamed “Dr. No” in the West, served as Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

With Post wires

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