Putin to self-isolate after COVID-19 cases in his entourage

12:18, 14 September 2021
Putin to self-isolate after COVID-19 cases in his entourage Photo: Valery Lukyanov/Global Look Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin will get self-isolated for a certain period of time due to coronavirus cases that were detected in his entourage, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

His visit to Tajikistan for regional security meetings this week concerning situation in neighboring Afghanistan will also be canceled. Putin held a telephone conversation with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

"The President of Russia will take part in the sessions of the Collective Security Council (CSTO) scheduled for this week in Dushanbe, the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and the joint meeting of the Heads of State of the CSTO and SCO members by videoconference," says the statement.

According to the Kremlin, Putin, 68, is "absolutely healthy" and is taking health precautions. He also has had two doses of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

Putin made the decision to self-isolate after he had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow on Monday. The same day, during a meeting with the Paralympics, the Russian President said that a difficult situation with COVID has developed in his entourage.