Russia and Ukraine have each denied their leaders are unwell, amid declare and counter-claim as conflict rages in Ukraine.
- Kremlin officers dismissed claims Vladimir Putin was sick as overseas disinformation
- Mr Putin apologised for coughing throughout a latest public look, blaming it on a chilly
- Russia has resumed pumping fuel through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after a 10-day outage
A Kremlin spokesman stated Vladimir Putin was in good well being, blaming “Ukrainian data specialists, and American and British ones” for “throwing out varied fakes concerning the state of the President’s well being in latest months”.
Individually, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in an Instagram video after what he stated was a pretend information report about his well being by Russian hackers.
“Every thing is ok together with his [Putin’s] well being,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, replying to a query throughout a day by day briefing.
Mr Putin had coughed throughout a latest public look, when a Russian information company quoted him as saying he had caught a slight chilly throughout his go to to Iran.
“It was very popular in Tehran yesterday, plus 38 [degrees Celsius], and the air con was very sturdy there. So I apologise,” Mr Putin was quoted as saying.
Worldwide scrutiny of the 69-year-old’s well being has intensified over latest months.
He has been photographed assembly with overseas and Russian officers whereas seated at reverse ends of lengthy tables as a precaution in opposition to COVID-19.
At occasions he has additionally appeared to stroll stiffly.
Since launching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February he has continuously been in public view, sustaining a full schedule of conferences and calls together with two overseas journeys inside the previous month.
CIA director William Burns was requested concerning the challenge throughout a safety discussion board in america, the place he stated Mr Putin was “fully too wholesome”.
Richard Moore, chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service referred to as MI6, additionally commented on Mr Putin’s well being saying “there is no proof that Putin is affected by critical ill-health”.
Ukrainian chief takes dig at Putin’s age
Mr Zelenskyy posted a video on Instagram from his workplace to reassure Ukrainians that he’s properly after what he stated was a pretend information report about his well being by Russian hackers.
His Instagram publish appeared after a Ukrainian media firm stated hackers had broadcast a false report about Mr Zelenskyy’s well being on one in all its radio stations following a cyber assault.
“At the moment, Russia launched extra pretend information that the [Ukrainian] state isn’t managed by President Zelenskyy as he’s in hospital, or slightly, in intensive care due to a ‘critical well being situation’,” Mr Zelenskyy, 44, stated.
“So, right here I’m in my workplace, and I’ve by no means felt pretty much as good as now,” he stated, sitting at a desk sporting a khaki T-shirt.
“And the unhealthy information for these behind such fakes is that I’m not alone. There are 40 million of us [Ukrainians].”
In an obvious dig at Mr Putin’s age, he stated: “And with all due respect to previous age, 44 isn’t [almost] 70.”
Russia didn’t instantly touch upon Mr Zelenskyy’s remarks.
Russia resumes Nord Stream fuel provide
Russia resumed pumping fuel through its greatest pipeline to Europe on Thursday after a 10-day outage, allaying a few of Europe’s fast provide fears, nevertheless it was not sufficient to finish the specter of rationing to deal with potential winter shortages.
Provides through Nord Stream 1, which runs underneath the Baltic Sea to Germany, had been halted for upkeep on July 11 however, even earlier than that outage, flows had been reduce to 40 per cent of the pipeline’s capability in a dispute sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Thursday’s flows had been again at that 40 per cent capability stage, Nord Stream figures confirmed, a day after Mr Putin warned provides may very well be reduce additional and even halted.
The resumption of Nord Stream provides at ranges that stay properly beneath the pipeline’s capability means Germany, which is especially reliant on Russian gasoline, and different European economies are nonetheless struggling to seek out sufficient fuel for winter.
“In view of the lacking 60 per cent and the political instability, there isn’t a motive but to provide the all-clear,” German community regulator president Klaus Mueller wrote on Twitter.
Gasoline flows through different pipeline routes, comparable to Ukraine, have additionally fallen since Russia invaded its neighbour in February, in what Moscow calls a “particular navy operation”.
Germany and a number of other different states have already activated the primary levels of emergency plans that in some instances might result in rationing.
Greece stated on Thursday it will implement rotating energy cuts as a final resort if obligatory.
The EU goals to have fuel storage amenities throughout the bloc 80 per cent full by November 1. Inventories are actually about two-thirds full, with a slowing tempo of refilling.
Gazprom, which has a monopoly on Russian fuel exports by pipeline, didn’t reply to a request for remark.
To attempt to stop a winter provide crunch, the European Fee has proposed a voluntary goal for all EU states to chop fuel use by 15 per cent from August to March in comparison with utilization in similar interval of 2016-2021.
The fee proposal would allow Brussels to make the goal obligatory in a provide emergency.
A number of southern EU states opposed the plan, which wants a broad majority of assist within the 27-nation bloc to proceed.
Portugal stated it will hamper energy manufacturing throughout an excessive drought. Spain and Greece additionally voiced opposition.
The Kremlin, which says Russia is a dependable vitality provider, blamed sanctions for diminished flows and denied EU Fee president Ursula Von der Leyen’s accusations of blackmail.
“That is a fully flawed assertion,” Mr Peskov stated on Thursday.