President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is self-isolating due to doable publicity to the coronavirus, the Kremlin stated on Tuesday.
Mr. Putin canceled a deliberate journey to Tajikistan this week for a summit with leaders from Central Asia and former Soviet international locations, the Kremlin stated, describing a cellphone name that Mr. Putin had with Emomali Rahmon, the Tajik president.
“Vladimir Putin stated that in reference to recognized instances of the coronavirus in his atmosphere, he should observe self-isolation for a sure time frame,” the assertion stated.
Mr. Putin stated earlier this 12 months that he had been vaccinated with the two-dose routine of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. However he has continued to be terribly cautious in his public appearances, usually requiring individuals he meets to quarantine beforehand.
Mr. Putin signaled on Monday that he might need to self-isolate, though some Russian information retailers interpreted his feedback as a joke.
“Even round me, there are issues with this Covid factor,” he stated in a casual dialog with Paralympic athletes at an occasion on the Kremlin that was broadcast by state media. “I believe I might need to quarantine quickly, myself.”
Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, advised reporters on Tuesday that the president had been in shut contact with a number of individuals who had examined optimistic for the virus. He stated Mr. Putin would proceed working whereas in self-isolation and voiced confidence that the vaccine would shield him from a critical case of the illness.
“Everyone knows that the vaccine is assured to guard you from critical penalties, however instances of sickness are nonetheless doable,” Mr. Peskov stated. “The president is completely wholesome.”
Mr. Putin had a number of in-person occasions on Monday as officers have been deliberating over whether or not or not he ought to go into quarantine. Along with internet hosting Paralympic athletes, Mr. Putin on Monday met with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a detailed Russian ally within the Center East. The assembly with Mr. Assad, Mr. Peskov stated, came about “earlier than the choice was made in regards to the necessity of self-isolation.”
“Nobody’s well being was put in peril,” Mr. Peskov stated.